CMU tops Adams in five games
It wasn’t as if the Colorado Mesa volleyball team didn’t know Adams State was in the national rankings.
“They knew,” CMU coach Dave Fleming said Friday night after the Mavericks (10-3, 4-1 RMAC) went into Alamosa and knocked off No. 19 Adams State (11-2, 4-1) in five games, 25-20, 17-25, 25-27. 25-20, 15-9.
“They probably announced it 50 times that Adams was nationally ranked. That was not lost on our kids. They had a great crowd, very respectful, but really loud.”
The crowd at Plachy Hall certainly didn’t affect freshman outside hitter Christian Otzen, who took 43 swings in the two-hour match, recording a team-high 14 kills. Right-side hitter Kelly Regimbal had 12 and Haleigh Higgins 11 more from the outside spot.
Mesa didn’t waste any time, jumping to a quick lead in the first game and never letting Adams State get into its system.
Mesa’s serving was solid, with four aces, but the Mavericks put up a huge block against Adams, recording 17 total blocks, two stuff blocks and 30 assisted blocks. In the final two games, Mesa’s hitting came to life. The Mavericks made only one hitting error after Adams won the third game, and hit .368 in fifth game, with seven kills, no errors in 19 attacks.
Something clicked at halftime for Colorado Mesa, leading to six second-half goals in a 7-0 rout of Colorado Christian.
CMU midfielder Brandon Burton gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 38th minute. It was his first goal of the season. He added another in the 84th minute. Forward Alan Hernandez netted a rebound with an assist from Nestor Escobar five minutes into the second half for a 2-0 lead.
Marco Escobar scored from the left side on an assist by Nestor Escobar in the 64th minute and Stevie Palma scored on a header from Kevin Escobar in the 70th minute.
Mesa (5-2-1, 3-1 RMAC) took 19 shots, 11 on goal, and allowed the Cougars (1-8-0, 0-5) only two shots, none on goal.
The No. 13-ranked Mavericks scored one goal early and added one late to defeat Colorado Christian 2-0 in Lakewood.
Colorado Mesa forward Daniela Salanas scored in the fourth minute from close to 30 yards out for a 1-0 lead.
CMU midfielder Kelci Crispe scored in the 64th minute on an assist by Kaselyn Butters. Crispe’s shot curled into the left corner from about 20 yards out.
Mesa (7-0-2, 4-0-1 RMAC) took 16 shots, including nine on goal. Colorado Christian (2-7-0, 0-5-0 RMAC) had six shots — four on goal. Mesa goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler made four saves.
The Mavericks play at 1 p.m. Sunday at Regis (6-2-1, 4-0-1 RMAC) in a battle for first place in the RMAC.
CMU’s men’s team won a pair of duals, knocking off Emporia State 8-1 and Kansas Newman University 7-2. The women’s team dropped a 7-2 decision to Emporia State and lost 6-3 to Fort Hays State.
Jordan Lyden won both of his matches at No. 1 singles for the Mavericks, with Bryson Hollabaugh, Taylor Macres and Andres Hernandez also going 2-0 in singles.
For the women, Skyler Nelson won both of her matches.