Mavs roll to win in volleyball
Ali Tompkins’ final attack of the night Friday went sailing toward the back wall. Some at Brownson Arena were thinking Game 3 would never end.
But one of the CU-Colorado Springs blockers got just the tip of a finger on the ball, and with the touch came Mesa State’s 25-15, 25-16, 28-26 RMAC victory.
The third game saw the Mavericks (9-8, 7-1 RMAC) rally time and time again after the Mountain Lions (8-7, 3-4) made some adjustments after falling behind by two games.
“That was a nice recovery from (Thursday) night’s loss,” Mesa State coach Dave Fleming said. “That was a real emotional loss. I don’t think anybody on the team slept very well. I know I didn’t.”
The Mavericks had trouble blocking in the third game, so Fleming inserted Meagan Bosch, and she quickly helped them re-establish control of the net.
“Meagan is in a tough spot right now,” Fleming said. “She’s our first sub at outside hitter, middle and right side. We don’t know where she’s going to go, but we know at an important time she’s going to get some touches and she did a good job.”
Friday, Bosch was called upon to play middle.
A kill by Gabrielle Lovato tied the final game at 22-22, the first of four ties down the stretch. Antoinette McCormick scored on a slide from the middle to the right side for a 26-26 tie and Bosch and setter Tara King teamed up to block Sonja Johnson to give the Mavericks match point.
“It finally came into effect and connected,” McCormick said of the Mavs’ block. “Meagan is a great blocker to come in and help out. We’ve been working on it in practice, so I’m glad it came through.”
With McCormick serving, the Mavericks went right to Tompkins, who led everyone with 19 kills, including the winner.
The Mountain Lions aren’t as strong as the net as Mines, so the Mavericks had more time to pick their spots on the attack.
“T (King) was awesome tonight,” McCormick said. “She had butter sets, right in the seams, and let us rip.”
Five Mesa State singles players and all four doubles teams are still in the winners’ bracket of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional after the first day.
Jordan Chomko, Rashad Khamis, Nick Provenza, Brason Hollabaugh and Andres Hernandez advanced to the round of 16 in singles. Hernandez had to rally from one set down to defeat Nate Easton of Colorado Christian 2-6, 6-2 (11-9).
Khamis, Provenza, Hollabaugh and Hernandez will have to defeat seeded players to advance further. Chomko is seeded third.
Mesa’s doubles team of Kevin Nydam and Matt Searle won two matches to reach the quarterfinals and face top-seeded Scott Bradley and Georgie Perez.
Chomko and Provenza, who won the doubles title last year, are seeded third.