Mavs sweep Western in volleyball
Colorado Mesa stayed in the second-place logjam in the RMAC volleyball standings Friday night with a sweep of Western State Colorado University in Gunnison.
Led by the 1-2 punch of Christian Otzen (14 kills) and Melissa Hess (11 kills), the Mavericks rattled off a 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 victory.
Mesa’s defense allowed the Mountaineers to hit only .066 in their own gym, with 29 kills and 22 hitting errors in 106 attempts. The Mavericks hit .117, with 34 kills and 22 errors in 103 attempts.
The Mavericks (18-5,10-4 RMAC) stayed in a four-way tie for second in the conference with Western New Mexico, Regis and Adams State, with the win setting up a big match tonight in Alamosa against Adams.
Colorado School of Mines leads the conference standings at 13-1 with two weeks left in the regular season.
Western hung with the Mavs in the first game, trailing 22-17, but Hess took over, recording a pair of kills to get it to game point. Western fought off two points, but Hess took a set from Jordyn Moody for a kill to wrap it up.
Three kills by Otzen and three Western attack errors helped the Mavericks take a 7-2 lead in the second game and in the third, tied 7-7, Otzen and Hess delivered kills to help the Mavericks pull away.
Libero Sunni Rae Baird had 20 digs, and Moody dished out 23 assists.
Back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 1:54 allowed Brigham Young to finally pull ahead of the Mavericks in the Cougars’ 70-66 exhibition win in Provo.
Until the final two minutes, though, the Mavericks gave the Division I team all it could handle, leading by nine points at the half, 37-28, behind Sharaya Selsor’s 15 points.
The senior guard finished with 24 points, and Aubry Boehme, a 6-foot senior center who transferred from the University of Wyoming, added 18.
The Cougars’ 6-7 center, Jennifer Hamson, got going in the second half and finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Taylor Rock added nine points for the Mavericks, who open the season Nov. 8 at the Southwestern Oklahoma State Classic.
Hamson scored seven straight points in the second half to cut what had been a 15-point CMU lead to five. With the teams tied at 63-63, Kylie Maeda hit a 3 for the Cougars with 1:54 to play.
After a turnover and a missed jumper by the Mavericks, BYU’s Kristine Fuller sealed it with another 3. Selsor hit a 3 with three seconds to play.