The Fort Lewis College women's volleyball team dropped two preseason matches Saturday in Golden.
The Skyhawks lost their first match to Grand Canyon University of Phoenix in five games. FLC won the opening set 25-17. Grand Canyon won the next two sets 25-12, 25-15 before the Skyhawks evened the match
Grand Canyon won the fifth set 15-10.
"We started out really good, but we forgot how to make good passes, and we just didn't have enough juice left to finish," FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said.
Chelsea Flaming, a former Durango High School standout, recorded 21 kills on a .419 hitting percentage in the match, with 13 digs and two blocks.
Taylor Hilberry recorded 16 kills, and Melissa Childs put up 48 assists.
In the second half of the day's doubleheader, Minnesota State University-Moorhead made short work of the Skyhawks, winning in three: 21-25, 23-25, 19-25.
Childs was big again, scoring six kills, 22 assists and a .417 hitting percentage. Jessica Squiers had four kills and a .444 hitting percentage.
Jessica Wilson, another former DHS player, led the team in digs with 13.
"We played a team that is very big, a very good blocking team. We just ran out of gas," Aaland said, referring the three matches in two days that her team played Thursday and
The Skyhawks lost to the experienced Colorado School of Mines on Thursday.
She called the stretch a "learning experience" and said it was good to get those losses out of the way before the conference season starts next Friday.
"No one's ready to give up on the season quite yet," she said.