Edwards’ 33 kills not enough as Mavs fall in 5

One day after outlasting Adams State in five sets, Colorado Mesa’s volleyball team wasn’t able to duplicate the feat Saturday night against Fort Lewis.

MacKenzie Edwards amassed a career-high 33 kills to go with a 59-assist performance from Samantha Ritter, but Fort Lewis rallied from a two-set deficit and held off a comeback attempt from the Mavericks in the fifth set in the Skyhawks’ 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12 victory at Brownson Arena.

The Skyhawks (8-6, 3-3 RMAC) got a balanced attack from front-line players Emily Dellenbach (14 kills) and Laine Walters (12 kills), who took advantage of 14 errors from the Mavericks (10-4, 4-2) in the fourth set to give them a chance to complete the comeback. It was the first victory for Fort Lewis over Mesa since 2013 and the first at Brownson Arena since October of 2007, according to Fort Lewis’ sports information department.

Mesa got double-digit kills from four players: Edwards, Natalee Todd (13), Katie Scherr (12) and Megan Gianinetti (11). Edwards’ performance followed her 28 kills during a five-set victory against Adams State on Friday night.

Mesa hit poorly as the match went on. The Mavericks tallied 49 of their 77 kills in the first three sets but went cold in the final two, including a .088 hitting percentage in the fifth set.

The Mavericks kept fighting despite being down. A kill from Dellenbach staked Fort Lewis to a 10-7 lead, but an Edwards kill, followed by a Dellenbach error and another kill from Edwards, tied the set at 10-10. Both teams traded points until two Mesa errors put the Skyhawks up 13-11, and Fort Lewis scored two of the final three points to close the match.

Taylor Woods added 29 digs and nine assists for Mesa. Megan Graefe had a match-high 34 digs for the Skyhawks.


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