By: Joey Chapman

The Colonels volleyball team hoped to carry some momentum into the Golden Dome Invitational after grabbing its first win of the season against Northern Kentucky. However, the stout competition was too much for the team to handle and the Colonels (1-10) dropped all three games in the two-day tournament.

The first match-up was Friday against No. 1 ranked Penn State (8-0), who have an impressive seven national championships to its resume. It was a one-sided match, as Penn State won with scores of 25-14, 25-13 and 25-14.

Hoping to rebound on Saturday, the Colonels would once again have to face tough opponents in Notre Dame (4-5) and Mississippi State (7-3).

While the Colonels put up a battle in the first two sets against Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish put away the Colonels quickly in three sets by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-14.

Against Mississippi State, sophomore Celina Sanks and senior Ally Peters took charge for the Colonels with seven kills each, while Sanks added eight digs. The fight wouldn’t be enough as two players for the Bulldogs finished with 14 kills apiece and put away the Colonels by scores of 25-20, 25-10 and 25-13.

Sanks finished the tournament with a team-high 25 kills, while Eastern freshman Chloe Rojas led the way with 30 digs.

The Colonels have won only one of its first 11 matches, but don’t let the record fool you as the team has had to battle some of the toughest competition in the nation to open its season. Friday, the young team will battle in the Northern Colorado Classic against Indiana at 6:30 p.m., then take on Northern Colorado and Utah State on Saturday.