Mavericks struggle, but outlast Western State
One night after upending No. 19 Adams State on the road, the Colorado Mesa University volleyball team struggled to a five-set win over Western State Colorado, a team that has won only one match all season.
The Mavericks won the first two games, coming from behind in the second, but then couldn’t connect on the offense for two games before pulling out the win in the fifth, 25-23, 28-26, 21-25, 23-25, 15-10.
Haleigh Higgins finished with 16 kills, and Christian Otzen and Melissa Hess had 13 each.
Colorado Mesa (11-2, 5-1 RMAC) got back into its routine of hitting from everywhere in the final game. Abby Ney got a kill in the middle to start the game, with Higgins scoring from the outside and Hess from the middle for a 3-1 lead.
Mesa won only 11 matches all of last season. The Mavericks have matched that in only the fifth week of this season.
Shannon Emery took seventh place in the University of Colorado Rocky Mountain Shootout non-Division I race to lead the Mavericks to a second-place team finish in Boulder.
The Colorado Mesa women scored 74 points to finish behind Montana State-Billings.
Emery finished the women’s 8K race 40th overall in 23 minutes, 48 seconds. Melissa Bauer placed 10th among non-Division I runners and 45th overall in 23:57, Mayra Garcia was 14th (50th overall) and Sused Cabrera took 18th among non-Division I runners.
The Mesa men placed eighth in the non-Division I men’s race with 202 points.
Justin Shaver led the Mavericks for the second consecutive meet with a 28th-place finish in 28:20. Ben Hunter was 31st in 28:23 and John Cusick was 42nd in 29:11.
The Colorado Mesa men won two three-set matches against Nebraska-Kearney but lost 5-4 in Pueblo.
Mesa freshman Andres Garcia-Rojas rallied from a set down to win 1-6, 6-2, (10-6) at No. 2 singles, and senior Brason Hollabaugh held on to win 6-2, 4-6, (10-6) at No. 4 singles. Mesa won four singles matches.
The Mesa women dropped duals to Neb.-Kearney and Newman (Kan.) University 7-2.
Mesa freshman Michelle Phillips defeated Kearney’s Britni Norfolk 6-1, 3-6, (10-7) at No. 3 singles. Junior Nicole Lessley defeated Newman’s Jessica Brown 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.