Mesa volleyball team wins fifth straight
Colorado Mesa’s volleyball team won its fifth straight match Friday night, easily sweeping Chadron State 25-20, 25-10, 25-21.
It was the third consecutive 3-0 decision for the Mavericks (13-2, 6-1 RMAC), who have won 11 of their past 12 matches.
With Christian Otzen recording 16 kills to lead Mesa’s attack, the Mavericks were never really threatened.
Melissa Hess had eight kills, Erin Perez six and Audrey Steinkirchner five. Abby Ney added four more for the Mavericks, who hit .248 as a team.
Defensively, Mesa smothered any kind of attack the Eagles (3-13, 0-7) could muster. The Mavs recorded 67 digs, with three players reaching double figures. Libero Sunni Rae Baird had 19 digs, Perez 14 and Jordyn Moody 10. Moody also had 37 assists.
The Mavericks allowed Regis only one shot in two overtime sessions, but they couldn’t convert on any of their four shots and settled for a 2-2 tie.
All four goals came in the second half, with Oliver Querin scoring both for the Mavericks (5-4-2, 3-2-2 RMAC). He put Mesa up 1-0 off a rebounded ball 57 minutes, 16 seconds into the game.
After Regis tied the game less than two minutes later, Querin made it 2-1 when Marco Escobar sent a free kick his way. Querin scored on a one-touch blast at the 62:21 mark, but Regis tied it seven minutes later.
Legofi Crawford took four of his game-high six shots in the overtime periods for Colorado Mesa, all of which were saved by Regis keeper Connor Adkisson, who came in for starting goalie Christian Nicolosi for the overtime periods.
Regis didn’t get a shot off until the final four minutes of the second overtime, and it sailed high.
Querin got one more chance for the winner, but Adkisson denied the shot with 2:15 left.
Colorado Mesa hung with the fifth-ranked Colorado School of Mines Orediggers for 58 minutes, but once Rachael Turner broke a 0-0 tie, the Orediggers took control in a 3-0 victory in Golden.
Turner took a corner kick from Jordan Hopper on the far post and scored 58:04 into the game. Bree Archuleta added a goal 18 minutes later and Jaclyn Knott took a pass from the wing for a 3-0 lead with less than four minutes to play.
The Mavericks (5-5, 4-2 RMAC) managed only three shots against Mines (9-0-1, 6-0), only one of which was on goal. The Orediggers took 18 shots, seven on goal, with Sarah Schnetzler making four saves.
Swimming & Diving
Brock Martin won the men’s 1-meter diving competition, with teammate Ryan Popp taking second, on the first day of Colorado Mesa’s Intermountain Shootout at El Pomar Natatorium.
Martin scored 297.75 points and Popp 234.3. Amanda Jennings was fourth in the women’s 3-meter diving with 235.7 points.
Swimming against Division I opponents, the Mavericks got a fourth-place finish from Rob Eisendrath in the men’s 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 34.59 seconds), and a ninth-place finish in the 200 freestyle from Zach Andregg (1:46.02), who also finished sixth in the 50 butterfly (23.48).
Justin Hastings was third in the 100 backstroke (51.96), and Kent Stavrakas had a fourth-place finish in the 50 free (21.24).
Miranda Reetz placed second in the women’s 400 individual medley (4:40.87), with Briana Purkapile placing eighth (4:52.27).
Jordan Lyden was serving for the match, but the Colorado Mesa junior started cramping and couldn’t close it out.
Bluefield State (W.Va.) College’s Jacob Carey of New Zealand rallied to defeat Lyden 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the consolation semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Division II Championships in Fort Myers, Fla.
“He was serving well and playing good tennis,” CMU coach Dan MacDonald said. “He wore out, and the other guy got hot.”
Lyden plays Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) University’s Pedro Scocuglia of Brazil for seventh place today.