Mesa loses back-to-back matches in volleyball

A quick turnaround from its Friday night loss to Colorado School of Mines didn’t bode well Saturday afternoon for the Colorado Mesa volleyball team, which lost in five games at Colorado Christian.

The Cougars (13-8, 7-4 RMAC) got 19 kills from Taylor Sturms to rally from a 2-1 games deficit in a 25-22, 16-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-5 victory over the Mavericks
(15-4, 7-3).

Three other Cougars reached double figures in kills to offset Mesa’s big three hitters, who combined for 47 of the Mavericks’ 66 kills. Melissa Hess had 20, Abby Ney 15 and Christian Otzen 12 in the Mavericks’ second straight loss, the first time they’ve lost back-to-back matches this season.

Friday night’s loss to 
No. 18 Colorado School of Mines snapped Mesa’s seven-match winning streak. The Mavericks have three home matches this week, starting Thursday night against Regis. On Friday, the Mavericks play CU-Colorado Springs and wrap up the weekend Saturday night against Metro State.

Colorado Christian took control of the fourth game, going up 7-3 on a kill by Sturms, and kept the lead the rest of the way.

The Mavericks fell behind 10-2 in the fourth game and never made a run.

Moody finished with 59 assists, Sunni Rae Baird had 27 digs, and Otzen had two of the Mavericks’ five solo blocks.

Swimming & Diving

Colorado Mesa defeated Colorado School of Mines in both men’s and women’s swimming late Friday night in a dual meet invitational at the Air Force Academy.

The men’s team lost to Air Force and Simon Fraser, with the women losing duals against Simon Fraser, Air Force and Nebraska-Omaha.

Kent Stavrakas placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (47.32 seconds) and was on the third-place 200 medley relay team 
(1 minute, 34.38 seconds). Peter Szekely was fourth in the 100 free (48.44).

Jarren Brinton placed fourth in the men’s 1,000 free (10:16.77), and Zach Andregg was sixth in the 200 free (1:47.30). Justin Hastings was fifth (21.93) in the 50 free and third (51.82) in the 100 butterfly.

Szekely was fourth in the 100 free (48.44), and Brett Lowe placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.59). Mesa’s 400 free relay team of Kirk O’Connell, Brinton, Kyle Johnston and Shaun Seuschek placed fourth (3:24.89).

Maddy Wigg was fourth in the women’s 1,000 free (11:35.42), and Miranda Reetz was fourth in the 400 individual medley (4:49.05).

Brianna Bearden placed sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:02.64), and Reetz was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.37).

The women’s 400 free relay team of Marissa Bradley, Abi Young, Robyn Meeks and Annie Jones was third in 3:48.87.


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