Briefs: Mesa State Sports Roundup October 10, 2008
• Saturday: Nebraska-Kearney Open, 9 a.m., Kearney, Neb.
Teams: CSU-Pueblo, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Mesa State, Nebraska-Kearney, Wayne State (Neb.).
Noteworthy: Mesa State is ranked No. 19 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 poll for the first time in school history. Kearney is hosting the NCAA Division II Central Regional.
“I’m going to train the team on the same kind of terrain. That’s the meet that will tell us if we’re going to nationals.”— Mesa State coach Gig Leadbetter
• Last week: Mesa State lost 1-0 to Metro State and 2-0 to Regis University.
Today: Colorado School of Mines (5-4-2, 3-1-2 RMAC) vs. Mesa State (7-5-0, 3-3-0 RMAC), 7 p.m., Walker Field.
“Mines is very strong, skillful and disciplined. They are one of the top programs in the conference.” — Mesa coach Josh Pittman
Sunday: No. 25 Mesa State at No. 3 Fort Lewis (8-1-2, 4-0-2 RMAC), noon
“They are a machine. We learned a lot about ourselves (in the previous matchup). We identified our weakness and have adjusted. It’s a matter of putting together a 90-minute game.” — Pittman
• Last week: Mesa State went 1-2 at home against RMAC East teams, defeating Colorado Christian and
losing to Metro State and Regis.
Today: Mesa State (8-8, 6-3 RMAC) at No. 10 Nebraska-Kearney (18-1, 8-9 RMAC), 6 p.m.
Saturday: Mesa State at Chadron State (5-12, 1-7 RMAC), 7 p.m.
Noteworthy: Jessica Bird’s .647 hitting efficiency (17 attacks, 12 kills, one error) against Colorado Christian, her first match of the season, set a school record and Gabrielle Lovato set a school record the next night with 10 aces against Metro State. ... The Mavs will be involved in another “pink-out” game Friday. After raising more than $1,000 last week for the Swing For Life Foundation at Brownson Arena, the Mavs are part of Kearney’s “Dig for the Cure” night. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. ... Kearney setter Cola Svec is the RMAC setter of the week, averaging 11 assists per game last week in three-game sweeps of Fort Hays State, New Mexico Highlands and Western New Mexico.
Closer to home, Kirstie Bunting, who played at Palisade, was the defensive player of the week. Bunting, a sophomore defensive specialist at Colorado Mines, had 41 digs in three matches last week.