Briefs: Mesa State Roundup Sept. 24, 2009
The Mavericks take a five-match winning streak back on the road, playing the team that’s right behind them in the RMAC West standings, Adams State, on Friday night, and at CSU-Pueblo on Saturday.
Mesa State (6-7, 4-0 RMAC) is one of three teams to start conference play 4-0, with Nebraska-Kearney and Regis perfect through two weeks in the East Division.
Adams State (7-5, 4-1 RMAC) is coming off a three-game sweep of New Mexico Highlands that took only 65 minutes, and Tuesday defeated CSU-Pueblo 3-1. Adams State has won the past three meetings against Mesa State.
Mesa’s right-side hitter, Tessa Andews, is second in the RMAC in kills, averaging 3.76 per game and outside hitter Ali Tompkins is ninth with 3.21 per game. Tara King is third in assists at 10.07 per game.
The Mavericks will get a rematch with Colorado School of Mines at noon on Sunday in Golden after playing Colorado Christian at 1 p.m. Friday in Lakewood.
Mesa State (5-3-0, 2-2-0 RMAC) slipped to seventh in the National Soccer Coaches Association regional poll. The official NCAA regional rankings don’t come out until October.
Mines (6-2-0, 2-2-0 RMAC) handed the Mavericks their first RMAC loss last weekend at Walker Field. The Orediggers have lost three of their last four matches entering Wednesday.
Colorado Christian (5-1-1, 2-1-0 RMAC) has kept pace with wins over Nebraska-Kearney and New Mexico Highlands.
Mesa State finished ahead of Western State in its first meet nearly three weeks ago.
The fourth-ranked Mountaineers, who were still sewing up varsity spots in that meet, will look to beat the 16th-ranked Mavericks on Saturday morning in the Western State Open in Gunnison.
Sophomore Kelsey Follett has helped Mesa close the gap on Adams State and Western.
Mesa State started the season ranked 21st in the coaches poll.
The men’s team begins play this weekend with duals against the University of Denver’s club team, Colorado Christian, CSU-Pueblo and Metro State, all in the Denver metro area.
The Mavericks are led by returning seniors Jordan Chomko, Nick Provenza, Rashad Khamis and Niko Carrizo and will be joined by freshmen Brason Hollabaugh and Andres Hernandez and junior transfer Matt Searle.
The women will play Fort Hays State, Colorado Christian, CSU-Pueblo and Metro State in the Denver metro area.