Mavs move to No. 18 in D-II football poll
Only two teams ranked in the American Football Coaches Association’s top 25 lost last weekend, so there wasn’t a lot of room for Colorado Mesa University to move up after its 41-40 double-overtime victory over Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
However, the Mavericks made the biggest move in the rankings when they were released Monday morning, jumping from No. 23 to No. 18, with the Orediggers tumbling from No. 10 to No. 23. The only other top-25 team to lose was Valdosta State (Georgia), which was No. 22 before losing 44-19 to North Alabama, which was tied for No. 19. That loss took Valdosta State out of the poll.
The top five remained the same, with Northwest Missouri State a unanimous No. 1, followed by Grand Valley State (Michigan), West Georgia, Shepherd (West Virginia) and Ashland (Ohio).
CSU-Pueblo, which fell out of the top 25 last week for the first time in six years but was receiving votes last week, lost those votes this week despite winning its first game of the season Saturday night. The ThunderWolves (1-2, 1-1 RMAC) come to Grand Junction on Oct. 1, needing to beat the Mavericks to force their way into RMAC title contention with CMU and the Orediggers.
Mines travels to Western State on Saturday.
Colorado Mesa (3-0, 3-0) first must travel to Durango this weekend to play rival Fort Lewis (1-2, 1-2), which won the annual Musket Game on Saturday against Adams State. The Mavs’ victory over Mines secured the Nyikos Cup for the second straight year.
The Mavericks were not in the D2Football.com rankings last week, but surely will be when that poll is released today. Mines was No. 8 in last week’s rankings.
Colorado Mesa’s tennis teams turned in some strong performances at the Metro State Tournament this past weekend.
Kristin Kirby, Emily Beckley and Frederikke Karst each won their opening-round matches in the women’s A draw. Kirby followed up with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Emily Kerr of Metro State before falling to Tabitha Porter in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-1). Beckley also lost to Porter 6-2, 6-1, but rebounded with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kerr of Metro State.
Beckley and Karst won two matches in the women’s doubles A flight before falling in the semifinals to a Metro State team.
Katie Kirby earned wins over Raeghan Rudkin of Colorado Christian (7-5, 6-4) and Ana Vujosevic (6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (4)) before falling to eventual winner Ainsley Winterrowd of Metro (4-6, 6-4, 6-2).
Rebecca Osterberg won two of her three matches in the women’s B draw, opening with wins over Maddie Cahill of Colorado College (6-3, 6-4) and Kaitlin Bos of Colorado State-Pueblo (6-1, 7-5) before falling to Mackenzie Horn of Metro State (6-2, 6-3).
Max Lindqvist posted a first-round upset, knocking off top-seeded Pedro Fernandez Del Valle of the University of Denver 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the men’s A flight.
He lost his next two matches, however.
Cody Frieschlag finished 1-2 in the A flight, with his one win coming over James Ryan of CSU-Pueblo 7-5, 6-4.
Nick Farmen, Alain De la Bastide, Lucas Martin and Will Agritelley each won their opening match in the men’s B flight.
The Mavericks had three teams reach the semifinals of the men’s doubles B flight. Cody Carlton and Daniel Ness finished second after withdrawing in the championship due to injury.