Kearney’s power too much for Mavericks in volleyball
Colorado Mesa University’s young volleyball team was no match for the sixth-ranked team in the nation, Nebraska-Kearney.
The Lopers notched their 20th win of the season in a 25-13, 25-19, 25-7 rout of the Mavericks in a match that took only 65 minutes in Kearney, Neb.
Colorado Mesa (7-14, 2-10 RMAC) hit only .052, with 24 kills and 19 errors in 97 attacks. Kearney (20-1, 10-1 RMAC) committed only six hitting errors and hit a season-high .472, with 48 kills in 89 attacks.
Kelly Regimbal led the Mavericks with eight kills and Antoinette McCormick, Mesa’s only senior, had seven. Mesa played without Rebecca Sellers, who led them with 11 kills Thursday against Colorado School of Mines.
Kearney made only one hitting error in winning the first set and five in the second. The final set was all Kearney, which led 13-1 and didn’t have a hitting error in the final game.
Mesa pulled within 15-4, but after a timeout at 17-4, the Lopers scored seven straight points behind the serving of Haley Lake. McCormick ended the run with three straight kills before a service error ended the match.
The Mavericks had a chance to make up some ground on the team directly ahead of them in the Central Region rankings, but Regis scored less than two minutes into the game on the way to a 4-0 win in Denver.
Jordan Miller’s pass from the right side of the box found Meghan Stuart for a goal 1:41 into the game, and less than eight minutes later, Miller scored when CMU keeper Sarah Schnetzler dropped the ball trying to make a save. Another goal 15 minutes before halftime put the game away, and Regis added another goal midway through the second half.
Colorado Mesa (6-6-2, 5-3-2 RMAC) entered the week ranked seventh in the region and Regis (10-4-0, 7-3-0) sixth, with the top six teams receiving bids to the regional playoffs.
In RMAC men’s play, top-ranked Fort Lewis, which edged Colorado Mesa 1-0 on Wednesday, was upset by No. 18 Metro State 1-0 when the Roadrunners scored on a penalty kick 50 seconds into the second half. It ended Fort Lewis’ 13-game winning streak.