CMU volleyball team stages wild rally to win on road

Colorado Mesa University dropped the first two games Saturday but stormed back to beat Western New Mexico 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-10 in an RMAC volleyball match in Silver City, N.M.

The Mavericks turned things around in the Game 3 by hitting .333, then relied on their defense to scratch out the win in Game 4.

Christian Otzen led the Mavericks with 19 kills, and three other players reached double figures in kills: Abby Ney with 17, Melissa Hess with 11 and Casey Ball with 10. Ney led Mesa with eight blocks, Jordyn Moody had 53 assists and Sunni Rae Baird had 31 digs.


Led by Haley Kremer’s 11th-place finish, the Colorado Mesa women finished second in University of Colorado Shootout in Boulder with 66 points. Western State won the non-Divison I portion of the meet with 21 points, placing five runners in the top 10. Kremer’s time of 23 minutes, 34 seconds was good for 31st overall, and Niowt High School senior Elise Cranny won the overall race in 20:39, running as an independent.

The Mavs’ Lauren Lipski was 12th (24.03), Chelsea Lyons was 13th (24:15), Shannon Emery was 14th (24:17) and Melissa Bauer 16th (25:06).

The CMU men finished third with 117 points. John Cusick’s 15th-place finish in 28:17 was the top result for the Mavs. Shane Niksic (28:29) was 21st, Seth Knighton (28:51) was 24th, Zak Kennison (29:15) was 27th and Jon Johannsen (29:41) finished 30th.


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