Mavericks rout N.M. Highlands in volleyball
Meagan Bosch has played every position on the front row this season for the Mesa State College volleyball team.
“I’ll ask Coach where to warm up and he’ll say, ‘everywhere,’ ‘’ the junior outside/middle/right side hitter said. “Whatever helps the team. It’s nice having the team we have because we have so much depth. Coach can mix up the lineup and it still works.”
Saturday night, with outside hitter Ali Tompkins’ right shoulder still sore from tendinitis, Bosch knew she’d be playing on the left side of the line.
She also got some time in at her favorite spot, the right side, in the Mavericks’ 25-19, 25-13, 25-20 sweep of New Mexico Highlands (1-25, 0-17 RMAC) at Brownson Arena.
“We do have a lot of depth and there were some people in different spots,” said Mesa State coach Dave Fleming, who had to spend a few extra minutes figuring out his starting rotation before each game.
Tompkins, the Mavs’ senior outside hitter, didn’t play on Senior Night, but the Mavs (16-9, 14-2 RMAC) have one more home match, Tuesday night against Western New Mexico.
Fleming said Tompkins will take some swings at practice Monday to see if she’s ready to play Tuesday.
The Mavs need a healthy Tompkins come RMAC tournament time, and Saturday they again showed their depth.
Everyone healthy played, and even played a little out of position. Senior right-side hitter Tessa Andrews played in the back row, something she’s not accustomed to, and another senior, defensive specialist Meredith Dolny, started in Tompkins’ spot in the front row.
“Meredith doesn’t play front row much and that was a Senior Night thing,” Fleming said. “She’s not a bad outside hitter, she just wasn’t coming out of the gate in Game 1.
“Tessa is capable (of playing back row). We’ve got a lot of capable kids on this team.”
With Bosch and senior outside hitter Gabrielle Lovato recording eight kills each and Antoinette McCormick throwing down seven from her spot in the middle, the Mavericks overcame a few shaky moments as a result of the lineup shuffles.
Once they showered the four seniors with gifts and tossed candy to the crowd of troll dolls, Chippendale dancers, giant gift bags and their Halloween-loving friends, the Mavericks scrambled to find a rhythm.
When they took a 20-19 lead on an attack by Bosch in Game 1, the Mavericks had little trouble continuing their undefeated record against RMAC West opponents.
“Highlands put up a fight and that’s what we have to be aware of in three of these four matches,” Fleming said. “We were their playoff game.”