Red Devils notch win in Colorado

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Allen County Community College’s Red Devil volleyball players weathered a snow storm in Colorado over the weekend. They also came away with a 1-2 mark in matches at the Air Force Prep Tournament.
Playing at Air Force Prep in Colorado Springs, Co., the Red Devils lost to their host 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 on Friday. ACCC head coach Jessica Peters said the Red Devils focused on their own game but weren’t able to get a lead and keep it against Air Force Prep.
Allen County was back on the court Saturday morning to take on Johnson & Wales University of Denver, Co. The Red Devils won the match 25-20, 25-22, 25-22.
“We started out at our level and kept it at the level until the end of each set, giving them a chance to compete with us,” Peters said. “We had service runs by Andrea Miller and Mindi Lozenski to finish the match in three sets.”
In that match, Miller had 10 of her 24 kills of the tournament. Jennifer House put down eight kills and Nicole Rockhold had seven kills. Lozenski had 26 set assists in the match.
Misty Powelson was credited with 27 defensive digs and Lozenski had 22 digs. Rockhold and House each had 18 digs. Suzie Fields and Autumn Lamle had two solo blocks each.
Next up for the Red Devils was NJCAA Division I 14th-ranked New Mexico Military Institute which defeated ACCC 25-9, 25-20, 25-21.
“We knew they were going to be the toughest competition there. We watched them while we line judged a match and were amazed by a right-side attacker who could execute the ball from the 10-foot line every time,” Peters said.
“After they blew past us in the first set, the girls chose to step it up and compete. I feel we were able to take something from each of the losses and the win.”
Miller’s 24 kills led Allen County at the net. House delivered 19 kills while Rockhold and Lamle each had 14 kills. Fields had 10 kills.
Lozenski had 55 set assists for the tournament. Mandy Hug had nine assists. Rockhold and Miller each had one service ace.
Powelson led the defense with 60 digs followed by House with 48 and Lozenski and Rockhold with 41 apiece. Brooke Bingham and Amanda Placencia each had 17 digs. Fields and Miller made 13 digs each.
Lamle and Miller had three solo blocks and Fields had two solo blocks.
“We only have seven scheduled matches and we are going to have to work for each win,” Peters said.
Tonight, Allen County (15-16) hosts Independence in Jayhawk Eastern Division play. The Red Devils are 3-5 in the conference.