Strong attack helps Mavs sweep Mines, win eighth straight match

Mesa State’s front line smothered All-RMAC outside hitter Elizabeth Serra-Hsu on Thursday night, leading the Mavericks’ volleyball team to its eighth straight victory, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24 in front of 1,223 fans at Brownson Arena.

Serra-Hsu, who averages nearly three kills a game, had only five in the entire match, and had more errors (7) than kills.

The Mavericks (13-6, 7-3 RMAC) hit .354 as a team, using its outside attack. Meagan Bosch recorded 12 kills and had only one error on the right side, a .478 hitting percentage and Celest Alofipo had 10 kills and no errors in 18 swings from the left side, a whopping .556 hitting percentage. It was another balanced attack by the Mavericks, who got nine kills from outside hitter Sarah Kemp and eight from middle hitter Antoinette McCormick.

Each game was tight, but the Mavericks broke a 19-19 tie and led 21-19 in the first game on back-to-back hitting errors by Serra-Hsu. On the second error, Lindsey Reed and Bosch teamed up for a block, and McCormick and Alofipo blocked her for a 24-20 lead.

McCormick put the first game away on a kill.

With Whitney Howard at the service line in the second game, the Mavericks rattled off four straight points to build a 13-8 lead, taking advantage of two hitting errors by the Orediggers (14-5, 7-3) and kills by Bosch and Alofipo.

Mesa State setter Tara King kept the Orediggers’ defense guessing by spreading the ball all across the front line, and at game point, she found a spot and tipped the ball over herself for a 2-0 match lead.

King had 37 of the Mavericks’ 38 assists.

The final game was tied a dozen times. Mesa State built a 6-2 lead, but Mines chipped away, eventually tying it at 7-7 on a kill by Amanda Massey. Kemp answered with a kill and from there, neither team had more than a one-point lead until McCormick scored for a 20-18 lead

Kemp got the Mavericks to match point with a kill, but then had an attack error to tie it at 24-24. Mesa went to the middle again, with McCormick scoring, and coach Dave Fleming sent Haleigh Higgins in to serve at match point.

The freshman out of Central High School responded with an ace to put it away.

The Mavs go for their ninth win in a row at 7 tonight at Brownson Arena against No. 9 Nebraska-Kearney, a team they upset early in the season in the Lopers’ tournament.


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