Mesa volleyball team win pair in Angelo State tourney
Colorado Mesa opened the Angelo State (Texas) Invitational with a sweep of 2012 NCAA tournament qualifier Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Mesa defeated the Lions 25-17, 25-13, 25-19 on Friday morning, then followed that with a four-set victory over Dallas Baptist University.
“I was real happy for the first match of the year to play that well,” CMU coach Dave Fleming said. “The big surprise for me was how well we dug the ball.
“We were balanced on defense, four kids in double digits in three games.”
Setter Jordyn Moody and Erin Perez each had 13 digs and Christian Otzen and Sunni Rae Baird had 11 each.
Otzen led the Mavericks with 12 kills and hit .345. Abby Ney and Melissa Hess each had nine kills. Jordyn Moody had 31 assists.
Mesa took early leads in the first two sets to take the first two sets. In the third set, the Mavs went on a 7-4 run to break a 7-7 tie. The Lions came back to tie the set 17-17, but Mesa closed the match with an 8-2 run.
Against Dallas Baptist, a 23-25, 25-15, 25-13, 26-24 victory, Otzen had 23 kills and Ney, Hess and Perez 10 each. Baird had 29 digs and Perez 23, with Moody recording 48 assists. The Mavericks had 12 hitting errors in the first set, but made only 16 hitting errors the rest of the match. They also had eight service aces, four by Ney.
Nearly 15 minutes into the second half, Midwestern State’s Kensli Pounds dribbled around CMU goalie Sarah Schnetzler and scored the only goal of the game for a 1-0 victory over the Mavericks.
The Mavericks got off only two shots after the goal, both by Sam Burneo. The first, at the 62:29 mark of the game, was saved by Midwestern keeper Kallie Essary and the second, just more than two minutes later, went wide left.
Of Colorado Mesa’s 11 shots, five were on goal, Burneo took four shots, three on goal, and Sarah Pope had two shots. Schnetzler made six saves, facing a dozen shots, seven on goal.