CMU tops Pueblo in volleyball

Liberos have no attack responsibility in volleyball. They’re defensive specialists.

Yet, Megan Rush recorded one of the biggest kills of the match Saturday night for the Colorado Mesa University volleyball team. And she never saw what happened.

“The block was up and (CSU-Pueblo) got a touch, unfortunately it was a great touch, but it went between two people,” the CMU senior libero said after the Mavs’ 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 win. “I think it was me and Haleigh (Higgins) in middle back. Sometimes that’s a little awkward playing, but I decided to go for it. I guess it was adrenaline and it got up.”

Rush lunged to her left and got her right fist under the ball. Not only did it get up, it went over the net and landed just inside the front right-side corner for an 18-15 lead in Game 3.

“I don’t think I was off the ground before it landed,” said Rush, who had 20 digs, two aces and that all-important one kill. “I had no idea where it went; I just knew I touched it.”

The night after losing their leading outside hitter, sophomore Casey Ball, to a suspected anterior cruciate ligament tear in her left knee, the Mavericks (8-2, 2-0 RMAC) regrouped behind their depth. Ball will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.

Higgins got the start at outside hitter and came up with seven kills, as did freshman middle Abby Ney. Right-side hitter Kelly Regimbal had eight, tops on the team on a night when no one hit particularly well.

“Our outsides struggled tonight, and I think that’s a little bit knowing Casey’s not going to be there to back them up,” CMU coach Dave Fleming said. “But they found a way. That’s what’s unique about this team. They find a way.”

The way Saturday was to just keep attacking against the ThunderWolves’ tough block. CSU-Pueblo (8-3, 0-2) had 11 total blocks, three solo, to the Mavericks’ two total blocks.

“It wasn’t our prettiest volleyball today, we could have done some things a lot better, but at the end of the day it’s a 3-0 win,” Rush said. “And that’s against a team we didn’t beat last year in our own house.”


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