Briefs: Mesa State Roundup Sept. 27, 2009
Earlier this month, when the Mesa State College volleyball team was 2-7 entering conference play, some might have thought it was going to be a long season.
The Mavericks quickly turned things around, and Saturday night completed a first-half sweep of the RMAC West Division.
Mesa State (8-7, 6-0 RMAC) swept CSU-Pueblo at Massari Arena, 25-22, 25-19, 25-17, in a little more than one hour.
The sweep came one night after a knock-down, drag-out five-game win at Adams State.
Tessa Andrews led a balanced Mesa State attack with 11 kills. Antoniette McCormick added eight kills and had only one hitting error, Ali Tompkins and Bria Lovato had seven kills and freshman middle Rachael Beaty added four kills.
Tara King had 32 assists and Tompkins had a pair of solo blocks and 10 digs. Libero Whitney Howard continued to play solid defense with 18 digs.
McCormick also had one solo block and five block assists for Mesa State, which didn’t have a sizzling attack percentage (.154, 39 kills and 20 errors), but the defense allowed the
ThunderWolves (5-10, 2-4 RMAC) to hit only .063 (31 kills, 23 errors) in their own gym.
Palisade High School graduate Bernadette Pitre had six kills and four block assists for the ThunderWolves.
Mesa State did it again.
The 16th-ranked Mavericks finished ahead of 4th-ranked Western State for the second time this fall, this time in the Western State Open in Gunnison, and they did it without one of their top runners, Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos.
Mesa State took first place in the three-team field with 26 points, led by sophomore Alexis Skarda, who won the race in 18 minutes, 43.63 seconds.
Mesa’s Kelsey Follett placed fourth overall and third in the team scoring with a time of
19:31, Paula Hogue was seventh (sixth in team points) in
20:14 and Brooke Bosman took 10th (seventh in points) in
20:38. Freshman Callie Osborn finished in 20:47 to place ninth toward the team total.
Western State took second with 40 points, but entered three unattached runners who finished ahead of the Mountaineers’ last two runners to score for the team. If the three unattached runners counted toward Western’s score, the Mavericks still would have won by five points (31-36).
Regis took third with 66 points.
The Mesa State men’s and women’s teams swept CSU-Pueblo and Metro State in nonconference duals in Denver.
The men (4-0) shut out Pueblo 9-0 and defeated Metro State 6-3, with wins in singles from Jordan Chomko (No. 1), Brason Hollabaugh (No. 4), Andres Herandez (No. 5) and Niko Carrizo (No. 6).
The women (5-0) defeated Pueblo 8-1, then rallied to defeat Metro State 5-4.
The Roadrunners won two of the three doubles matches, but Mesa’s Kate Lowder
(No. 2), Kaitlan Sera (No. 3), Amber Armendarez (No. 4) and Cyndle Curfman (No. 5) won singles matches to clinch the victory.