Front line lifts Colorado Mesa VB team to split
The first victory as Colorado Mesa University goes to the volleyball team, which defeated Southwestern Oklahoma in five games Saturday during the Oredigger Classic in Golden.
The Mavericks claimed a 21-25, 25-23, 24-19, 19-25, 15-6 victory in their first match of the day, but then lost to the University of Findlay (Ohio) in five games to go 1-3 in Colorado School of Mines’ tournament.
Mesa got a solid front-line performance against Southwestern Oklahoma, with four players reaching double figures in kills. Kelly Regimbal had 17, Antoinette McCormick 16, Melissa Hess 11 and Rachael Beaty 10.
After Southwestern Oklahoma sent the match to a fifth game, the Mavericks were at their best, connecting for points on 10 of their 18 attacks. Hess had three kills in the final game, Regimbal, Beaty and Rebecca Sellers two each, and McCormick had a solo block at match point, stuffing Kalie Mader.
Freshman setter Jordyn Moody played both matches Saturday, recording 55 assists in her first college start and 38 in the loss to Findlay.
The Mavericks battled back to win the third and fourth games against Findlay and led the fifth game 11-9. Two CMU attack errors and an ace by Findlay put the Mavericks in a 12-11 hole. The teams traded attack errors until Findlay reached match point, with Jessica Vonins putting away a kill to cap a 25-20, 25-19, 17-25, 22-25, 16-14 victory.
Regimbal had 17 kills in the loss.
Kaselyn Butters put in a header after a flurry of activity in the goal box seven minutes into the game, but one goal again wasn’t enough for the Mavericks’ women’s team in a 2-1 loss to Cal Poly Pomona.
Pomona scored four minutes into the game on a shot high over goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler’s head and finished the scoring at 21 minutes on a rebound off a free kick.
Colorado Mesa (0-2) was outshot 16-13 and had only five shots on goal. Schnetzler made five saves. Butters attempted to tie the game on another header with just more than three minutes left off a corner kick by Kelci Crispe. Cal Poly goalie Emily Miller made the save on the Mavericks’ final shot of the game.
Cal State Los Angeles 3, Colorado Mesa 0: The CMU men’s team gave up three first-half goals and never recovered.
Cal State L.A. scored on a low shot at the right post at the 18:44 mark, and added a second goal less than three minutes later. The Golden Eagles put the game away with 13 minutes left in the first half.
Colorado Mesa’s Micah Conrads gave up all three goals and was replaced in the second half by Caleb Ealey, who faced nine shots without giving up a goal.
No Maverick took more than one shot, and only one of those, by Michael Bagheri, was on goal.