Mavericks’ offense clicking in tourney sweep

The attack was on for the Colorado Mesa University volleyball team.

The Mavericks (7-1) hit .300 or better in both matches Saturday to defeat McMurry (Texas) University 3-1 and Dixie State (Utah) College 3-1 in the I.C. Bhatka Invitational in Las Vegas, N.M.

Mesa hit .315 to defeat McMurry 25-17, 17-25, 25-14, 25-15, with three players reaching double-digits in kills. Abby Ney had 13, Melissa Hess 12 and Erin Perez 10.

Perez added 15 digs for her third double-double of the season. Jordyn Moody had 43 assists.

The Mavericks hit .300 to rally past Dixie State 19-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 in their final match of the tournament.

Perez led Mesa with 14 kills and 10 digs. She had 24 kills and 25 digs in the two matches.

Senior libero Sunni Rae Baird had a match-high 18 digs. Moody had 49 assists.

Colorado Mesa returns to Las Vegas, N.M., this weekend to begin Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play on Friday at N.M. Highlands.

Cross Country

Freshman Danny Vavrick placed fifth overall and third among collegiate runners to lead the Colorado Mesa men to a fourth-place finish in the University of California-Riverside Invitational.

The Southern California Elite Club won the team title with 36 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) College was second with 85 points and UC-San Diego was third with 90. Mesa placed fourth with 106.

Varick finished the 8-kilometer race in 25 minutes, 41 seconds. Shane Niksic and Seth Knighton each finished in the top 20 among college runners. Niksic ran in 26:48 and Knighton ran in 26:53. John Cusiak was the fourth Mav to cross the finish line. His time was 27:30.

The Maverick women placed fourth overall and third among college teams, led by redshirt freshman Haley Kremer, who placed 12th overall (9th among college runners) in 18:22.

Chelsea Lyons was 40th (26th college runners) in 19:11. Lauren Lipski was 50th (34th) in 19:20, Shannon Emery placed 62nd (40th) in 19:32 and Melissa Bauer was 64th (42nd) in 19:37.

California State-San Marcos won the women’s team title with 38 points. UC-San Diego was second with 41, The Janes Elite was third with 104 and Mesa scored 151 points.

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