Briefs: Mesa State roundup Sept. 17, 2009

Tessa Andrews spikes the ball during a practice session.


Men’s Soccer

The Mavericks were able to score two goals against the 23rd-ranked team in the nation last week.

Now Mesa State will try to bring the offense back when it begins RMAC play despite missing several players with injuries.

Mesa State (0-4-1) hosts Colorado School of Mines (4-0-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Walker Field. The Orediggers are ranked ninth in the nation and first in the Central regional poll. Sunday, Mesa State hosts Colorado Christian (2-3-1) at noon.

“Mines is coming off two good results in Texas,” Mesa coach Josh Pittman said. “Colorado Christian is much stronger than what they’ve been. Nothing will be easy and we’re not helping ourselves.”
Women’s Soccer

Mesa State (5-1-0, 2-0-0 RMAC) moved up to fourth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Central Region rankings.

The Mavericks host Colorado School of Mines (5-1-0, 1-1-0 RMAC) Friday at 4 p.m. The Orediggers, who are ranked eighth in the region, lost their only game last week to 20th-ranked Metro State (5-1-0, 2-0-0 RMAC).

Mesa State is off Sunday, but plays Wednesday at Metro State.

Women’s Tennis

Mesa State begins its 2009-2010 season today with a tuneup for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region tournament with a dual against Nebraska-Kearney at 12:30 p.m. in Kearney, Neb.

The Mavericks’ top four players return — Kate Lowder, Victoria Sargent, Kaitlan Sera and Kelleen Sera, with Central High graduates Amber Armendarez and Cyndle Curfman filling out the roster.

Sophomore Alison Grush will play in the regional.

The singles and doubles champions advance to the ITA National Small College Championships next month in Mobile, Ala.

The men’s tennis team begins play next week.


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