Women’s Avs tune up with international match

College of the Rockies volleyball team hosts a team from Colorado that is touring through the Northwest U.S.

Kelsey Thompson follows through on a hit while the CNCC Spartans attempt a block during volleyball action at the College of the Rockies on Monday night.

The women’s Avalanche team got a taste of international play on Monday, hosting a college team from Colorado as it made a quick side trip to the College of the Rockies during a tour of the Northwest U.S.

The Lady Spartans of the Colorado Northwest Community College rolled through Monday evening—which is a practice night for the Avalanche anyway—and the two teams went at it on the court.

The outcome didn’t affect the Av’s position in the Pacwest standings, which meant it was a good opportunity for the ladies to get more game time experience, said head coach Agata Bendkowska.

“This is totally different,” said Bendkowska. “Today, I played a lot of players who usually sit on the bench, who don’t get a chance to play as often as they want to. Today they had a chance to prove themselves for the future, so the game was for that reason.”

The two teams didn’t play a match proper, rather they played set-by-set, with both sides winning two each.

Both the men and women’s Avalanche teams had a bye in the Pacwest league this past weekend after winning two games in their opening road trip two weeks ago, but Bendkowska said her girls are itching to get back into league matches.

“The girls are hungry,” Bendkowska said. “We won those two games—almost three—so now they know how it feels to win and they want more.”