Mavericks sweep previously unbeaten TexAnns in Tarleton tournament
Tarleton State (Texas) made its match against Colorado Mesa the marquee match Friday in its volleyball tournament. The Mavericks were certainly the main attraction, sweeping the previously undefeated TexAnns (6-1) 25-17, 25-22, 25-20.
Mesa (4-2) defeated Lubbock Christian 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17 earlier in the day.
Against Tarleton, MacKenzie Edwards led an efficient attack with 13 kills, with Hattie Gianinetti adding 10 and Alyssa Chutka nine. Mesa hit .308 in the match, and an exceptional .481 in the first set, with 16 kills to only three errors. Chutka hit .471 for the match, with only one error in 17 swings. Gianinetti had two errors in 21 attacks and Edwards four in 31.
The Mavericks went on an early run, leading 5-2 and building it to 13-9 on a kill by Chutka, and never let up.
The second set was close throughout, but Mesa rarely trailed. The Mavericks’ biggest deficit was two points at 20-18. Freshman Katie Scherr blocked Tarleton’s Rebecca Dauenhauer at set point.
Leading 15-12 in the third set, Gianinetti took over, with four kills as Mesa maintained the lead.
Ali Svornic had 40 assists and Taylor Woods 23 digs for the Mavericks, who dominated Lubbock (3-4) in the early match, with Edwards again leading the way with 22 kills.
Moshe Perez’s shot with just more than one minute remaining in the second overtime was saved by St. Mary’s keeper Jack Moore, preserving a 1-1 tie.
Roy Abergil scored his third goal of the season for the 21st-ranked Mavericks (1-0-2), who play No. 7 St. Edward’s on Sunday, at the 44:13 mark of the first half. That tied the game after St. Mary’s Patricio Botello Faz scored 7:39 into the game.
Alain De La Bastide, a freshman from Caracas, Venezuela, saved six match points to win his No. 4 singles match 3-6, 6-0, 11-9 to help the Mavericks’ men’s team defeat Texas-Permian Basin 6-3 in the CSU Pueblo Duals. The Mavericks then easily handled Colorado College 8-1.
The women’s team defeated Permian Basin 6-3, with freshman Kristen Kirby picking up two wins, first with her sister, Katie, at No. 1 doubles, then at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.
Mesa swept the doubles, then got wins from Rebecca Osterberg, a freshman from Sweden, at No. 4 and Katie Kirby at No. 6. The Mavericks beat Fort Hays State 8-1 in their second dual.