Some of the pageantry put on by volleyball-crazed Nebraska-Kearney had the visiting Fort Lewis College team a bit shellshocked in what was most of the rosters first regular-season visit to the Lopers house.
They come out with a smoke machine and run out of a blowup Loper head ... It was the first time pretty much the entire team got to see what a conference match looks like there, Fort Lewis head coach Shelly Aaland said.
The Lopers dominated the way the No. 6 team in the nation should, beating the Skyhawks 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-11) on Saturday in Kearney.
We played outside of ourselves, and we made them look better than they really were, Aaland said of her team, which mustered only a .012 attack percentage.
Stephani Sonka led Fort Lewis with seven kills and three blocks, and Ashley Wells chipped in five kills and seven digs.
Jessica Wilson had four kills for the Skyhawks (5-15, 2-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).
Kearney used a balanced attack.
Haley Lake had nine kills and a .727 attack percentage, the same numbers as teammate Ellie Pesavento. Katie Sokolowski had seven kills.
After finishing play against the rough-and-tumble East Division, Aaland said shes ready to wrap the regular season with a chance to make up ground against the rest of the West Division.