Briefs: Mesa State Sports Roundup September 21, 2008

Volleyball

• Mavs’ volleyball team sweeps WSC

Before rally scoring, volleyball teams put a premium on defense and getting sideouts, because the only time you could score was when you served.

Even though a point is scored on every serve now, the Mesa State College volleyball team still takes pride in its defense and getting sideouts. The Mavs did that to near perfection Saturday night in a 3-0 sweep of
Western State in Gunnison.

“We came out with a sense of urgency to score points,” Mesa State coach Dave Fleming said after the Mavericks won their fourth straight RMAC match, 25-16, 25-22, 25-19. “We (got a sideout) 97 percent of the time. When they served, we got the ball back. Only one time did they score a real point (on serve).”

The win moved the Mavericks (5-4, 4-0 RMAC) above .500 heading into their next road trip, at CSU-Pueblo and Adams State this weekend. Fleming said he can see the difference in his team’s confidence since the first two weeks of the season.

“I still think they can be more confident. We’re not at our ceiling yet,” he said. “It’s getting there. You don’t see the panic when we’re down a couple of points. They know we just have to reset and refocus on what we need to do. I’d like to see that from 0-0 so teams don’t jump up on us.”

Mesa State had its best hitting night of the season, a .259 efficiency, with 46 kills in 116 attacks with only 16 hitting errors. Meagan Bosch recorded 12 kills, Alisan Tompkins 11 and Corinne Cascioppo 10. Meredith Dolny had 14 digs, Ashley Loftsgard 13 and Tara King 11.

TENNIS

The Mesa State College women’s tennis team swept another pair of duals, defeating Metro State 6-3 and Fort Hays State (Kan.) 9-0 at the Auraria Campus Courts in Denver.

The Mavericks (4-0) won four singles matches and two doubles matches in the victory over Metro.

Sophomore Kate Lowder rallied from a set down to defeat Mandy Bowling 2-6, 6-2, (10-7) at No. 1 singles.

Freshman twin sisters Kelleen and Kaitlan Sera won at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, respectively, and together at No. 2 doubles. Renee Demianeu won at No. 6 singles.

Mesa State defeated the Tigers without dropping a set.

Lowder defeated Brittney Shea 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. Victoria Sargent won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

Kelleen Sera didn’t drop a game at No. 3 singles and Kaitlan Sera won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.

The Mesa State men capped its weekend with a 5-4 victory over Metro State.

The Mavericks (3-0) won two of the three doubles matches for the winning margin to go with wins by Nick Provenza at No. 3 singles, Kevin Nydam at No. 5 singles and William Kellar at No. 6 singles.

Provenza defeated Ryan Campbell 6-3, 3-6, (10-8).

Mesa State’s dual against the College of Sante Fe was canceled.


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