Mavs volleyball team tied atop RMAC West
Mesa State is back on top of the RMAC West Division
The Mavericks’ volleyball team dominated Fort Lewis in a three-game sweep Sunday afternoon at Brownson Arena. Mesa won 25-9, 25-11, 25-23 to move into a first-place tie with Western New Mexico in the RMAC West Division.
“We were a bit more fired up,” Mesa State coach Dave Fleming said. “That’s just a comfort level. For whatever reason when we’re winning on the scoreboard, we’re more comfortable. We’ve got to get them comfortable no matter what the score.”
Mesa State (12-6, 6-3 RMAC) had a balanced attack, hitting .268. Sarah Kemp led the way with 12 kills. Meagan Bosch had 10 kills and 13 digs. Antoinette McCormick added nine kills, two solo blocks and two block assists.
The Mavericks shut down the Fort Lewis attack.
The Skyhawks (2-6, 6-4 RMAC) were limited to 18 kills, seven in the first two games and had 17 attack errors.
“We knew their tendencies and strengths,” Fleming said. “We took that away. A little credit to them, they were breaking in a new setter and made some nice adjustments in game 3. That’s tough.”
Fort Lewis lost its senior setter, Adriana Saiz, to an injury after the Skyhawks’ five-game victory Friday night over Adams State.
Freshman Hali Groninger had 12 assists on 90 attempts in place of Saiz.
Mesa State got off to a quick start one day after rallying for victory against Adams State.
Bosch and Celest Alofipo accounted for four kills as the Mavericks took an 8-2 lead. Fort Lewis, meanwhile, struggled to get its attack going as Mesa took a 15-5 lead.
The Mavs strung together a 7-2 run for a 13-7 lead with kills from Lindsey Reed and Bosch and went on a 10-1 run to close out the second game with kills from Reed, Bosch and Kemp.
The Mavericks took a 7-3 lead in the third game, but Fort Lewis came back with an 11-3 run to take a 14-12 lead.
“You could see our tempo changed,” Fleming said. “That’s what we’re trying to avoid. We want to be the same no matter the score. If we figure that out, we’ll be pretty good.”
Mesa, though, fought back as the teams tied seven times before Tara King scored a kill to set up match point.
After a long rally, Kemp ended it with a thundering kill.
Sixth-ranked Metro State rallied from one goal down to defeat Mesa State 3-1 at Walker Field.
The Roadrunners (8-2-2, 5-1-2 RMAC) took advantage of a Mesa foul in the 53rd minute and scored on a free kick to take a 2-1 lead. David Toler headed in a pass from Steven Emory off the free kick.
Emory scored on a cross from Walter Bertini in the 66th minute to give Metro State a two-goal advantage.
Mesa State (6-5-2, 2-5-2 RMAC) had plenty of opportunities, taking 13 shots, including eight on goal. The Mavs took a 1-0 lead when Nathan Poirier scored on a cross from Mitchell Reid in the 30th minute.
Mesa State finished seventh in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall Championship with a score of 671.
Jennifer Hilts led the Mavericks with a 19-over-par 163. She tied for 12th place, 12 strokes behind the individual medalist, Maggie Leland of Augustana, with a 151.
Augustana had four of the top five individuals to easily win the team title with 615. Western New Mexico took second with 653.
Mesa’s Kristina Casillas scored 165 and Jessica Berve shot 168.