Briefs: Local Sports Roundup September 06, 2008

Mesa loses two matches to ranked foes at UCCS

College Volleyball

Mesa State College’s series against top-20 volleyball teams continued with a doubleheader Friday in the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs tournament.

The Mavericks lost to No. 16 Southwest Minnesota State 25-18, 25-20, 25-21, then were swept by No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth 25-20, 25-19, 25-22.

Alisan Tompkins led the Mavs with 13 kills against Southwest Minnesota, but as a team, the Mavericks committed 23 hitting errors and hit only .124. All three games were tied 10-10 before Southwest Minnesota put together scoring runs to gain control.

Brittany Benningsdorf had seven kills and Meagan Bosch and Corinne Cascioppo added six each. The Mavs’ two middle blockers, Lindsey Jefferson and Antoninette McCormick had two kills each. The Mustangs had 14 blocks to Mesa State’s six.

Against Duluth, Tompkins, Bosch, Cascioppo had seven kills each for the Mavs, who made 26 kills in 113 attacks, connecting for only 34 kills. Mesa State plays host UCCS today.


Prep soccer

Rampart topped Central 3-2 at Liberty High School. The Warriors (2-1) played well and were tied 1-1 at halftime after Stevie Palmer scored at the 30-minute mark. Casey Johnson assisted on the goal.

The Rams struck first after halftime, scoring in the 47th and 55th minute. With a last-ditch effort, Central’s Taylor Grandbouche knocked in a goal at the 68th minute.

Tyler Felker had 11 saves in net for the Warriors.

“We had our opportunities,” Central coach Larry Johnson said. “Stevie Palmer hit the crossbar with five minutes left and we went just wide on a couple headers. Rampart was a good team and we are looking forward to Eaglecrest.”

The Warriors and Raptors kick off at 10 a.m today.

Hinkley 3, Fruita Monument 2 OT: The Wildcats lost their first game of the season on a shootout in overtime.

Fruita’s Ian Smith had a goal and an assist to lead the Wildcats in scoring. Trevor Stocking had 12 saves in goal. The Wildcats had 13 shots on goal as a team. Fruita will remain in Colorado Springs for the second day of the Air Academy Tournament before returning home to face Central.


prep Volleyball

Fruita Monument beat Prairie View 3-0. The Wildcats won the three games in convincing fashion — 25-20, 25-20, 25-15. Setter Lindsey Henke led the team with 30 assists.

“Lindsey did a great job being the quarterback of this team tonight,” Fruita Monument coach Amelia Connor said.

Mary McGee had 10 kills and Mya Sadler, Nikki Kikes and Karlee Davis all added nine. Davis led the Wildcats in blocks with four.

“Our defense looked really nice tonight,” Connor said. “We still have things to improve on like our blocking.”
Sadler had 12 digs and Kikes added 10.

Prairie View takes on Grand Junction today and Fruita plays the Tigers next Thursday.


Prep softball

At the Dave Sanders Memorial Tournament in Aurora, Central won big over Smoky Hill 12-0. The Warriors defeated ThunderRidge 10-0 behind an eight-strikeout performance by Mikayla Duffy. Rachel Romine had a home run in the game.  The Warriors suffered their first loss of the year later in the day, falling to Arvada West 4-3. Duffy took the loss, allowing all four runs but still struck out eight batters.

Fruita Monument was also at the tournament and went 1-2. The Wildcats started with a 4-3 loss to Pueblo Central, then knocked off Columbine 4-2. Kristina Pacheco was the winner pitcher for Fruita, allowing two runs on nine hits.

In the final game of the day, Fruita lost to Highlands Ranch 7-5 with Erica Chirdon taking the loss for the Wildcats. Brooke Williams did have a home run in the first inning.

The tournament continues today with Central facing Loveland and Fruita playing Lakewood.


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