The Western New Mexico volleyball team opened up the Skyhawk Volleyball Tournament this evening against the host, Fort Lewis (2-3). The match was the home opener for the Skyhawks and match one of the three day, five team tournament held in Whalen Gymnasium.

WNMU 2 - Fort Lewis 3 (25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 17-25, 14-16)

Top Performers:

Erin Moss (Kailua, HI/University Laboratory School) - 22 kills | 10 digs

Sarah Campoli (Weatherford, TX/Azle High School) - 38 assists | 12 digs | 2 BA

Gabi Lau (Kailua, HI/University Laboratory School) - 25 digs | 1 ace | 2 assists

How It Happened:

Mustangs opened the match on a 4-0 run, which turned in to 9-1 advantage before the Skyhawks had enough.
WNMU maintained the lead going up by as many a nine, eventually taking the first set 25-17.
Set two was a little but closer, as the teams traded points back and forth till late. WNMU benefited from a 6-0 scoring run to take set two 25-19 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Set three and four saw the Mustangs start slow and get down early. Despite a valiant effort late in the sets, WNMU could not recover and dropped both sets to force a deciding fifth set.
A 4-1 start in the fifth set looked promising for the Mustangs, before unforced errors allowed the Skyhawks to crawl back in. WNMU tied the set at 14 to force a win by two situation but back-to-back errors gave Fort Lewis the 16-14 set and match win.

Quick Hits:

WNMU falls to 2-3 on the season
Skyhawks improve to 3-3 on season and will face fellow Lone Star Conference member Texas A&M - Intl. tomorrow afternoon.
As a team the Mustangs tallied a whopping 18 total blocks, while holding FLC to a .115 hitting percentage for the match
WNMU out dug FLC 76 to 57.

Up Next: Western will have a quick turnaround as they come back tomorrow morning for the 9:30 a.m. match against Adams State. The team will close out day two of the tournament against the Ichabods of Washburn at 1:30 p.m. (MST).