The Fort Lewis College volleyball team wrapped up its first round of road matches in Golden on Saturday.
The Skyhawks dropped a 2-0 decision to St. Leo.
In the second match, the Skyhawks pressed the No. 11-ranked Washburn University team from Topeka, Kan., before falling 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-23).
"I was worried about the last match," FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said. "Washburn's No. 11 in the country. I thought we'd come out flat."
Instead, the Skyhawks played their best match of the weekend, Aaland said.
"It was so great to see the team play that way, especially in the last match," Aaland said. "Our block was ... outstanding. Everyone did their job."
She said the Skyhawks mixed the lineup in the final match.
"We experimented with different players," she said.
Aaland said Adriana Saiz stepped in as the libero (defensive specialist).
"She played all thee spots in the back row. She brought great energy to our team," Aaland said.
"I was really impressed with her."
Taylor Hilberry had a strong game blocking for the Skyhawks, Aaland said.
"We had our chances," she said.
Earlier Saturday, the Skyhawks lost to St. Leo's 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-15). St. Leo's featured two All-Americans and a full returning starting lineup from last year.
Chelsea Flaming led the Skyhawks with 17 kills against St. Leo's.
The FLC volleyball team (0-5) will play their first home matches of the season Friday and Saturday. The Skyhawks will play Dixie State College at 2 p.m. Friday and Cal Poly-Pomona at 6 p.m. Saturday.