Briefs: Mesa State Sports Roundup September 20, 2008
• Andrews helps lift Mesa volleyball team to win at Fort Lewis
It was a struggle Friday night for the Mesa State College volleyball team at Fort Lewis.
Enter hometown girl Tessa Andrews, a 5-foot-11 junior from Durango.
Andrews gave the Mavericks the spark they needed, recording 11 kills and making some key plays in Mesa State’s 22-25, 27-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-10 RMAC victory.
“Tessa had the terminating block in Game 2 and then the terminating kill in Game 4,” Mesa State coach Dave Fleming said. “We wanted to get her in there. Meagan (Bosch) is our starter, she deserves that spot, but she was struggling and the first thing we looked at was (subbing in Andrews at right-side hitter). She wanted to play well coming home and she had 11 kills in 22 swings and had that big solo block to end Game 2.”
Mesa State (5-5, 3-0 RMAC) ended the four-match winning streak of Fort Lewis (8-4, 3-1) and took advantage of 16 serving errors by the Skyhawks, who still served well enough to keep the Mavericks scrambling.
“We didn’t feel we played our best. It was one of those grind-it-out wins,” Fleming said. “Fort Lewis serves really well. I watched the Western State (film) and couldn’t figure out why they couldn’t pass. Now I know. We were out of system a lot.”
The Mavs’ defense kept the ball in play, led by Ashley Loftsgard’s 20 digs. Mesa State had 72 digs, 19 more than Fort Lewis.
Alisan Tompkins led Mesa State with 12 kills and Antoinette McCormick had seven kills, three solo blocks and three block assists.
Mesa State plays at Western State tonight.
“We have a target on our back starting (tonight),” Fleming said. “Our kids will be focused on that, but we’re in a good position right now.”
• The Mesa State men and women opened the 2008-09 season with a pair of victories.
The women shut out Colorado Christian and CSU-Pueblo 9-0 and the men shut out Colorado Christian 9-0 and defeated CSU-Pueblo 5-4 on Friday at Lakewood Park in Lakewood.
“The women are looking good,” Mesa State coach Dan MacDonald said. “The freshmen are exceeding my expectations.”
Mesa State junior Niko Carrizo won the decisive match against CSU-Pueblo, rallying from a set down to defeat Anthony Garperio 3-6, 6-4, (10-7) at No. 5 singles.
“That was a big win for Niko,” MacDonald said. “It was a good win for the men.”
Mesa’s No. 1 singles player Jordan Chomko, No. 3 Nick Provenza and No. 6 William Kellar won in straight sets.
Carrizo and Kellar, a freshman, won 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.