The Fort Lewis College volleyball brought its tough season to a close Thursday night, as the Skyhawks fell in four sets to Adams State in Alamosa.
The Grizzlies (9-18, 6-12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) took down FLC 25-14, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-17.
Adams State was led by Riley Oglevie with 15 kills, while Shannon Mulkey and Alexandra MacAskill each had 12. Bailey Schlosser provided 25 assists, while Mackenzie Swanson and Schlosser combined for 13 digs.
Fort Lewis (10-17, 6-12 RMAC) was led by Chandler Karr with 12 kills, while Alexa Treguboff had 11 and Bailey Longacre had nine in her final game of her collegiate career. Payton Harmann dished out 16 assists, while Kamryn Lopez recorded 15 digs.
In the first set, Adams State got off to a quick start behind an 8-0 run and led 13-4. The Grizzlies would extend their lead to as much as 12 after Oglevie put down a kill to make it 19-7. FLC was able to get it within 10 after Ohiyah Shirley recorded a kill at 24-14, but the Grizzlies won the next point to take the opening set. FLC hit .032 in the set.
In the second set, FLC again got off to a slow start, as the Skyhawks went down 10-3. The Skyhawks would creep back and brought it within four after a kill from Avynn La Rose made it 17-13. It would not get closer, as the Grizzlies’ offense overpowered FLC.
In Set 3, Fort Lewis recorded its best hitting percentage on the night at .367 and rebounded well to get the match back within one game. The Skyhawks got out to a five-point lead, as Longacre recorded two early kills, and FLC led 8-3. The Skyhawks led as much as eight at 13-5 before the Grizzlies fought back through Oglevie and Hannah Goddard. Later in the set, MacAskill put home a kill to make it 17-16. The Skyhawks held firm though and closed the set on an 8-4 run, and Lopez recorded a set-winning service ace for the 25-20 win.
In the final set, the Skyhawks were unable to even up the match and had the lowest hitting percentage of the match at just .026. Adams State took a four-point lead at 10-6 and did not trail again.
Fort Lewis finished in 13th place in the RMAC this year, and was unable to get back to the RMAC tournament for a second consecutive year.
The Skyhawks will lose three players to graduation in Longacre, Shirley and Audrey Stansberry.