Mavericks hold off Adams State in volleyball
A few weeks ago, the Mesa State College volleyball team would’ve chalked it up as a bad night.
With the Mavericks in the thick of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play, they weren’t going to let that happen Saturday night.
Instead, Mesa State rallied from one game down to defeat Adams State 18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 28-26 at Brownson Arena.
“I think we had a lot of people off tonight, so it’s pretty big because normally when we have people off, we shut down,” senior captain Tara King said. “We did that a few weeks ago. Tonight, even though we were not all playing our best game, we could still figure out a way to build on a couple that were playing well. This is pretty huge for our team, especially right now. We want to get 25 points on the first swing. When we don’t do that, we kind of freak out.”
Antoinette McCormick led the Mavericks (11-6, 5-3 RMAC) with 13 kills. Megan Bosch had 11 kills, three solo blocks and six block assists. King dished out 36 assists, had seven kills and a team-leading attack percentage of .385, but it was Adams State that jumped out quickly in the match.
The Grizzlies (5-12, 2-7 RMAC) went on a 12-1 run to take a 21-12 lead to propel them to the early lead.
“That was beginning of the season stuff for us,” Mesa coach Dave Fleming said. “A couple of errors were affecting us. It was (Laura) Loosbrock that got them on that run serving back there. For whatever reason, we never got out of that funk after that. I told them, ‘Who cares?’ I keep preaching to them one contact, one play doesn’t change who you are. We got a learning lesson, go home and get better tomorrow.”
Adams State had a game-point in Game 2, but the Mavericks rallied to win 26-24.
Mesa State had little trouble in the third game with its best game attack percentage (.212).
The Grizzlies came back in the fourth game and had three game points, but couldn’t finish it.
“Our team seems to rebound well,” Fleming said. “I look at this as not our best volleyball, so I think we will be a lot sharper (today) We’ll be fired up for Fort Lewis.”