Hitting leads Mavs to sweep in volleyball
Hitting .366 as a team, the Colorado Mesa University volleyball team swept New Mexico Highlands on Friday in the RMAC opener for both teams, 25-18, 25-19, 25-19.
The Mavericks made only 11 hitting errors in the match, and only two in 33 attempts in the final game, hitting .485.
Christian Otzen and Erin Perez led the Mavericks’ attack with 11 kills each, both hitting .280 (four errors in 25 attacks each).
Abby Ney recorded 10 kills in 12 attacks with no hitting errors for an .833 percentage.
Audrey Steinkirchner added seven kills and Melissa Hess six in the Mavericks’ balanced attack.
The first game was tied 10-10 when the Mavericks went on a 10-3 run to take control.
They led 20-17 in the second game, but three straight attack errors by Highlands scored points for the Mavs, and Otzen had kills on two of the final four points to put it away.
CMU built an 18-10 lead in the third game, but Highlands battled back to 22-18 before Steinkirchner and Hess recorded kills on back-to-back points.
After Highlands fought off one match point, Otzen took a set from Jordyn Moody, who had 42 assists, and ended it with a kill.
Colorado Mesa (8-1, 1-0 RMAC) played solid defense, with 46 digs, with Otzen and Perez recording 11 each and libero Sunni Rae Baird 10. Highlands (6-3, 0-1) hit only .198 on its home court
About the only thing the Mavericks struggled with was at the service line, with seven serving errors and only three aces.
A first-half goal by Tesho Akindele held up in Colorado Mines’ 1-0 victory over the Mavericks in Golden.
Akindele scored on a header off a free kick by Jaren Herselman at the 44:07 mark of the first half.
The Mavericks pressed in the final minutes, with Marco Escobar’s shot saved by Mines’ keeper Colin Baker with just more than five minutes to play.
Colorado Mesa (2-2-0, 0-1-0 RMAC) had one more chance to tie the game, but Baker stopped Tim Hofer’s shot with less than two minutes to play.
The Orediggers took 15 shots to Mesa’s five.
Colorado Christian scored as time expired to defeat Colorado Mesa 2-1 in each team’s RMAC opener at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.
Meghan Troupe scored on a header off a corner kick by Maeghan Evans for the game winner. Evans’ corner kick came with two seconds left in regulation, and Troupe got off the shot just before the final horn.
Colorado Mesa (1-4, 0-1 RMAC) took a 1-0 lead on Isa Revelle’s rebounded shot in the seventh minute.
The Mavericks took 13 shots, nine on goal.
The Cougars (4-1, 1-0) tied the game with less than five minutes left in regulation. They took six shots on goal.