Mavs win one, lose one at Mines volleyball tournament
Casey Ball recorded 24 kills in her first match for Colorado Mesa University’s volleyball team as the Mavericks split matches Friday in the Colorado School of Mines Oredigger Classic in Golden.
The Mavericks downed St. Joseph’s (Ind.) College 3-1 but were swept by No. 12 Wayne State (Neb.).
In Mesa’s 26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 25-10 win over St. Joseph’s, Ball, a sophomore transfer from Missouri Southern, had 24 kills in 44 attacks and five block assists.
Christian Otzen, a freshman outside hitter, had 11 kills, 13 digs and two block assists in her first college match, and senior right-side hitter Kelly Regimbal added 10 kills.
The Mavericks, who had a .220 hitting percentage in the first match, hit only .050 against Wayne State in a 25-17, 25-21, 25-14 loss.
Ball had 10 kills to lead the Mavericks, who play Incarnate Word and Dallas Baptist today, both South Central Region opponents.
Setter Jordyn Moody had 76 assists in the two matches, and libero Megan Rush had 46 digs.
Wayne State got 11 kills from Cori Hobbs and 10 each from Melanie Placke and Lauren Sieckmann, hitting .268.
Wayne State also put up a big block, with 11 total blocks to the Mavericks’ four.
Every time Colorado Mesa scored, West Texas A&M answered. As a result, the Mavericks settled for a 3-3 tie in their season opener against an NCAA South Central Region opponent in Wichita Falls, Texas.
CMU freshman midfielder Sarah Pope scored two goals and Kelci Crispe and Renae McFadden had two assists each.
Pope scored in the 18th minute on assists by Crispe and McFadden for a 1-0 lead, but the Buffaloes scored in the 20th minute.
Mesa’s Darion Weigert opened the second half with a goal on an assist by Crispe. The Mavericks held a 2-1 advantage for 12 minutes before West Texas A&M answered.
Pope scored again in the 75th minute, but the Buffaloes responded two minutes later on a penalty kick. West Texas A&M forward Leslie Briggs scored all three goals for the Buffaloes.
Each team took 24 shots, including four each in overtime. CMU goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler made seven saves.