CSU-Pueblo tops Mavericks
CSU-Pueblo rallied to defeat Colorado Mesa 13-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-20, 15-12 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday night in Pueblo.
Colorado Mesa (8-2, 1-1 RMAC) had a balanced attack with four players in double figures in kills. Abby Ney led the way with 16 kills, Christian Otzen had 15, Melissa Hess added 13 and Casey Ball had 10. The Mavericks had 69 kills, but made 35 errors.
“I don’t have the answer for that one,” CMU coach Dave Fleming said. “They hit some crucial serves. They seemed to fight harder. We looked tight in crucial situations. That’s the first time I’ve seen that this year.”
Jordyn Moody made 53 assists, and Sunni Rae Baird had 23 digs for the Mavericks.
CSU-Pueblo (5-6, 2-0 RMAC) hit .112 with 48 kills and 28 errors. Brianna Bryant led the ThunderWolves with 17 kills and 10 blocks. Pueblo had 70 digs.
The Mavericks got off to a great start, jumping to a 15-5 lead in Game 1 and hit .371.
CSU-Pueblo won the first six points of the second game, but Mesa rallied to keep it close.
The ThunderWolves won four of the last seven points in the set.
Colorado Mesa got its offense going again in the third set with another strong start. The Mavs hit .371, but the Mavericks couldn’t close out the match.
Mesa took an 8-3 lead in the fourth game, but the ThunderWolves went on a 7-2 run to even the score, then pulled away to force a fifth game.
Mesa had two service errors and three attack errors in the final 15 points.
CSU-Pueblo took a 7-3 lead in Game 5 with the help of five Mesa attack errors and held on for the victory.
Mesa its first home match at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, hosting Fort Lewis in the newly refurbished Brownson Arena.
Freshman Cody Freischlag went 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles, teaming with Blake Demond, to lead the Colorado Mesa men’s team in the Metro State Invitational in Denver.
Freischlag reached the semifinals in Flight 2 singles, which consists of the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 players on each team in the tournament.
Demond and Freischlag are in the Flight 1 doubles semifinals along with CMU teammates Jordan Lyden and Spencer Weinberg.
Lyden and Andres Garcia-Rojas won their first-round matches in Flight 1 singles, but each lost in the quarterfinals.
The Mavericks’ Kristyn Wykert, Shannen McNamara and Emily Dodson each won two matches in Flight 2 singles of the women’s Metro State Invitational. Wykert plays McNamara in one semifinal. Dodson plays Metro State’s Cristina Oropeza in the other semifinal.
CMU junior transfer Natalie Martin rallied to win her first match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Flight 1 singles, but she lost 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
Martin and Kaylee Davis are in the Flight 1 doubles semifinals.
Dodson and Rachel McLaughlin and Katie Kirby and Katie Metz are in the Flight 2 doubles semifinals.
The Colorado Mesa women’s rugby club team dominated an overmatched Utah State University team, winning 103-0 at Dixson Field.
It was the season opener for CMU, and the Mavericks were led by second-year player Jackie Stults and first-year player Stephanie Apodaca in the win.
The Mavericks have 32 players on the team this year with 23 being first-year players.
The CMU women’s and men’s rugby teams will be in action next Saturday at Dixson Field with the women’s game starting at 11 a.m.