Mavs’ volleyball team goes 3-1 in opening weekend

Colorado Mesa University started off the volleyball season 3-1, bouncing back Saturday from being swept by Angelo State to sweep Tarleton State in the Mavs’ final match of the Angelo State Invitational.

A balanced, efficient offense and the Mavericks’ tough defense led to the 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 sweep of Tarleton. Erin Perez had 12 kills, Christian Otzen 10 kills and Melissa Hess nine. Audrey Steinkirchner and Abby Ney added eight kills each.

The Mavericks hit .226 as a team, with 47 kills and 19 errors.

Libero Sunni Rae Baird had 17 digs, Perez 12 and Otzen 11, with Jordyn Moody recording 40 assists.

Angelo State, ranked 15th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II poll, swept the Mavericks 3-0 earlier in the day. The Belles defeated Mesa 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 despite no player reaching double digits in kills.

Colorado Mesa made 21 attack errors and hit .093. Baird had 24 digs and Moody 26 assists.

Men’s Soccer

Josue Barajas of Cal State Stanislaus headed home a goal in overtime to edge Colorado Mesa 1-0 in Nampa, Idaho.

The goal came off a corner kick nearly six minutes into overtime after the teams played to a draw in regulation.

Stanislaus goalkeeper Clint Long saved two shots in the final minutes of regulation, one at the 76:33 mark by Marco Escobar and another at the 82:48 mark by Michael Bagheri. With less than four minutes to play in regulation, Barajas had a chance to win it, but his shot hit the crossbar,

Colorado Mesa managed four shots on goal, two by Bagheri. Brandyn Bumpas made three saves for the Mavericks, who play Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa at 1 p.m. on Monday.

Women’s Golf

Sara Swaney shot 4-over-par 76 and is tied for sixth after the first round of the women’s CSU-Pueblo Invitational at Desert Hawk Golf Course in Pueblo West.

Swaney, a sophomore who transferred from the University of Sioux Falls, led the Mavericks to fifth in the standings. The ThunderWolves shot a 305 on their home course to take the lead, one stroke ahead of West Texas A&M. The Mavericks shot a 324 in the first round.

Loren Forney, a senior transfer from Portland State, is tied for 16th with an 80, and Zoe Woodworth is tied for 27th at 83. Freshman Taylor Walters is 36th after a first-round 85, with Rachel Cavalier is tied for 56th with a 91.


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