Briefs: Mesa State Sports Roundup October 18, 2008

Provenza and Chomko lose another tough 3-set match


• Nick Provenza and Jordan Chomko pushed their opponents to another 10-point third-set tiebreaker, but couldn’t finish it.

Northwood (Mich.) University’s Peter Kazianschuetz and Bertrand Vigouroux hung on to defeat the Mesa State juniors 7-6, 3-6, 10-5 for seventh place in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II men’s doubles championships.

“They are both frustrated, but they battled back and were competitive in their last two matches,” Mesa State coach Dan MacDonald said. “They fell behind in the tiebreaker early and couldn’t dig out of the hole. Overall, it was a real positive experience.”

Provenza and Chomko are the first Mesa State tennis players to qualify for the ITA national championship tournament in school history, MacDonald said.


• Mesa State avenged an early season loss to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs behind another big night from freshman Corinne Cascioppo.

The 6-foot-3 outside hitter had 20 kills to lead the Mavericks to a 25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20 victory in Colorado Springs.

It was the third match in the past six in which Cascioppo has had 20 or more kills. She hit .378, with only a half-dozen errors in 37 attacks. Alisan Tompkins had 14 kills and Meagan Bosch got back on track with a dozen kills and only two errors in 26 attacks, a .385 hitting effort.

Mesa State trailed the first game 3-0 but outscored UCCS 25-12 behind seven kills by Cascioppo. Mesa State hit .500 in the game, with 17 kills and only three errors in 28 attacks.


• The Mavericks snapped out of their scoreless losing streak in a big way.

Mesa State (8-7, 4-5 RMAC) scored four goals, including three in the second half to defeat the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 4-2.

Freshman Brandon Rood ended the four-game shut out streak with his first collegiate goal in the 22nd minute for a 1-0 lead. Sophomores Mitchell Reid and Reese Kegans each scored in the 55th minute, but UCCS (4-8-2, 2-6-1 RMAC) scored two goals in five minutes to get within a goal with 35 minutes left.

Kegans put the game away with a breakaway goal in the 85th minute despite the Mountain Lions’ attempt to draw an offsides penalty.


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