Looking into the future: Regimbal among young Mavs playing big roles
It wasn’t a planned glimpse at the future of Mesa State College volleyball, but some freshmen played significant roles Saturday night in the Mavericks’ 3-1 victory over Adams State.
With Ali Tompkins’ right shoulder aching from tendinitis, coach Dave Fleming pulled her in the middle of game two and gave her the rest of the night off, with 6-foot freshman Kelly Regimbal subbing in.
“Ali’s not feeling great, her wing’s hurting a little bit,” Fleming said. “She’s taken a lot of swings this year.”
With Tompkins out of the lineup, it shuffled everything the Mavs do. The senior outside hitter plays front row and back row and is one of the Mavs’ top defensive players as well as a primary offensive weapon.
Mesa State was out of sorts on defense for awhile but eventually got into a rhythm to put away the Grizzlies 25-14, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22.
“We made some good adjustments. (Gabrielle Lovato) usually isn’t a primary passer, but she had to take that role because Ali was out,” Fleming said. “We’ll take it. That’s a tough win. Adams pushed hard those last two games.”
Tompkins, who normally serves from the back wall at Brownson Arena, moved closer to the baseline this weekend to take some of the strain off her shoulder.
“We’re going to shut her down a little bit since we’ve got a nice long break and don’t play until (Halloween),” Fleming said. “She won’t swing at any balls for awhile, and that’s fine.”
Regimbal had seven kills to help the Mavs’ offense, which shared the workload. Right-side hitter Tessa Andrews had 13 kills and Antoinette McCormick and Lovato 10 each, with freshman middle Rachael Beaty showing her future is now with seven kills from the middle spot.
Beaty, who moved into the starting lineup when Lindsey Jefferson sprained an ankle in the first match of the season, played one of her best all-around matches.
“I think she was six for six after the first two games, so that’s really good,” Fleming said of Beaty’s attack percentage. “She’s a big blocker up there, too. She’s figuring it out.”
Beaty had five block assists for Mesa State (15-9, 13-2 RMAC), which had 14 total blocks.
After Adams State clawed back with a win in the third game, the Mavericks regrouped and raced to a 13-7 lead in the fourth game.
Lovato had a couple of kills and Beaty and setter Tara King teamed up on a block.
After Lovato served an ace to give the Mavs an 11-5 lead, Beaty recorded a quick kill when a dig floated back over the net.
Adams State, though, rallied and cut the lead to one, 17-16, before McCormick scored on an attack from the middle that found an open spot in the back corner for an 18-16 lead.
Lovato recorded another ace for a 23-18 lead, but when Adams State again came back to make it a one-point game, 23-22, Fleming again called on Meagan Bosch to help close things out.
She immediately recorded a kill down the line and on match point, she and McCormick teamed up to block Darcy Jennings.
“If we play smart and play Maverick volleyball, we’re pretty good,” Fleming said. “We just have to be more consistent. That’s blocking and good tempo on all our approaches and great defense.
“That was a huge win for league and for regional ramifications. We’ve got to keep winning if we plan on going anywhere after RMACs.”
Alexis Skarda took second place to lead the Mesa State cross country team to a third-place finish Saturday in the RMAC Championships at Washington Park in Denver.
Fourth-ranked Adams State won its eighth consecutive RMAC title with a record-tying 29 points. The Grizzlies placed four runners in the top 10.
Western State took second with 78 points and the 11th-ranked Mavericks placed third with 83. Colorado School of Mines took fourth and Metro State was fifth.
Skarda finished in 22 minutes, 38 seconds. She was 13 seconds behind individual champion Kristen McGlynn of Adams State (22:25).
Mesa’s Kelsey Follett took 10th in 23:43, Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos placed 14th in 23:56, Brooke Bosman was 28th in 24:45 and Paula Hogue took 29th in 24:56.
Skarda and the Mavericks will run in the NCAA Division Central Regional meet Nov. 7 in Wayne, Neb. The top six teams qualify for the national championships.