Briefs: Mesa State Sports Roundup September 28, 2008

Adams State stuffs Mavericks’ volleyball team, ending RMAC winning streak at 5 matches


• Mesa State’s winning streak came to an abrupt end Saturday in Alamosa.
After their two best hitting matches of the season, the Mavericks finally ran out of steam offensively, losing 25-18, 25-18, 25-15 to Adams State, hitting only .077, with 34 kills and 26 hitting errors in 104 attacks.
Corinne Cascioppo led the Mavs with 11 kills and Alisan Tompkins had nine, but they were the only Mesa State players to put up any kind of offense.
The Grizzlies (6-7, 3-3 RMAC) had only five more kills than the Mavericks, but committed only eight hitting errors, good for an impressive .378 hitting efficiency.
Andrea Tuck had 13 kills for the Grizzlies, who sent Mesa State packing in only 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Ashley Loftsgard had 13 digs for Mesa State (7-6, 5-1 RMAC).
Unlike Friday night against CSU-Pueblo, when the Mavs never trailed by more than one point, they never led Saturday and were tied only twice, both at 1-1 in the first and second games.
The Mavericks will have to regroup quickly, with four matches at home this week, starting this afternoon with their annual alumni match at 2 p.m. at Brownson Arena.
Mesa State coach Dave Fleming said last week that most of his starters won’t play — setter Tara King will definitely sit out, since she’s the only setter on the roster.
He also plans to rest his middle blockers, Antoinette McCormick and Lindsey Jefferson, but senior Jessica Bird, out all season with a broken bone in her right hand, might use the alumni match to get some court time so she’s ready for the weekend tripleheader as play against the RMAC East Division begins.
Thursday at 7 p.m., Colorado Christian is at Brownson Arena on “Swing for Life” night, with proceeds going to cancer research. Both teams will be wearing pink jerseys, which will be available for bid in a silent auction. Other activities are planned for the night.
Friday night, Metro State is at Brownson at 7 p.m., with a rare afternoon match scheduled for Saturday, a 3 p.m. start against Regis.


• Mesa State College’s No. 6 singles player Renee Demianeu upset the Mavericks’ No. 1 and 2 singles players Saturday in the Wilson ITA Central Regional tournament to advance to today’s semifinals in Kearney, Neb.
The senior, who is unseeded, defeated No. 9 seed Victoria Sargent, who plays No. 2 singles for the Mavs, 4-6, 7-5, (14-12) in the third round.
In the quarterfinals, Demianeu defeated Kate Lowder, the Mavs’ No. 1 player who is seeded second in the tournament, 3-6, 7-5, (10-7) in the quarterfinals. Demianeu is the only remaining Mesa player in the singles draw.
The other three semifinalists are their respective school’s No. 1 singles players.
In the ITA regional, all singles players are in the same bracket.
“Renee is playing solid,” Mesa State coach Dan MacDonald said. “She is running down balls and putting away short balls. She is playing with confidence.”
MacDonald said Demianeu hasn’t had many opportunities to challenge for a higher singles position on the Mesa State team because of her class schedule.
Demianeu lost her only challenge match of the fall to No. 5 singles player Mandie Divino.
Mesa State’s Kaitlan Sera made the singles quarterfinals, where she lost to No. 1 seed Marina Bugaenco of Minnesota State-Mankato.
The Mavericks’ doubles teams of Sargent and Lowder and the Sera sisters lost in the quarterfinals.


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