Colorado Mesa volleyball team loses seventh straight
The end result was a loss, but the signs were there Saturday of the Colorado Mesa University volleyball team breaking out of its slump.
The Mavericks dropped their seventh straight match, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 to No. 25 Adams State University at Brownson Arena, but they fought tooth and nail the entire way.
“I think we play better against teams that are better,” senior right-side hitter Kelly Regimbal said. “Adams physically is an athletic team, and I think if we had a few more points and got a few more serves in, we would have had them.”
Regimbal, one of four seniors honored before the match, finished with 11 kills and a service ace as she continued to adjust to playing in the back row. Three of her bullet jump serves went long, but she had the Grizzlies off-balance at times.
“The topspin is harder to get it consistently in, but that’s something I have to work on,” Regimbal said. “(Friday) was the first match I’ve been able to serve this season.”
The seniors received flowers and the traditional alumni medallions, and Regimbal’s sister did exactly what she was told not to do, handing her a balloon bouquet, including one that read “Happy Retirement,” and a stuffed turtle, her favorite animal.
“That was my sister’s idea. I told her specifically no balloons, and she did it,” Regimbal said, grinning. “I didn’t know what to do with them. I’m a turtle fan, so she went for that theme.”
The Grizzlies’ depth along the front line was the difference, led by Dominique Davis, who had 14 kills. Deprece Washington added nine kills.
“Tonight was definitely a game for us to come and fight,” Regimbal said. “All of us weren’t happy about (losing to Western State) last night, obviously. I think we did a better job tonight, but I still think we have the potential to do much more.”
The Mavericks (13-10, 7-8 RMAC) played without starting outside hitter Haleigh Higgins, who sprained her right ankle Friday night, and middle hitter Melissa Hess, who suited up but didn’t play because of an ankle injury last week.
Kelly Hogan won both distance events to lead the Colorado Mesa women’s swim team to a 161-55 win over Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
Hogan won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11 minutes, 17.94 seconds and the 500 free in 5:30.6. Briana Purkapile and Amy Brodie also won two events each. Purkapile won the 200 free and 100 butterfly and Brodie the 50 and 100 free.
Amanda Jennings won both diving events.
In the men’s dual, the Mavericks lost to Mines 131-112, with Brock Martin winning the 1- and 3-meter diving events. El Hozzaz Mehdi won the 200 freestyle (1:44.61), Peter Szekely the 50 free and Tyler Kaslik the 500 free for Mesa.