Mesa volleyball team wins Tarleton State tourney
Four crucial South Central Region matches, four victories for the Colorado Mesa volleyball team, which won the Tarleton State Tournament with convincing 3-1 victories Saturday over Eastern New Mexico and Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Mavericks (6-2) ran their winning streak to six matches, first beating Eastern New Mexico 25-18, 28-26, 23-25, 25-22 behind the 1-2 attack of MacKenzie Edwards and Alyssa Chutka, both of whom recorded 15 kills.
Hattie Gianinetti added eight kills, Gabi Diaz and Katie Scherr six each in another balanced, good-hitting performance. With Chutka hitting .522 and Edwards .314, CMU hit .222 as a team.
Three Mavericks reached double figures in digs — Edwards with 15, libero Taylor Woods with 14 and setter Ali Svorinic with 10 — to offset three double-digit hitters for Eastern New Mexico. Led by Gianinetti’s five total blocks, CMU had 11 blocks, six solos, with Edwards and Gianinetti stuffing two each.
In their 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-12 victory over Commerce, Edwards again led the Mavericks with 19 kills — she’s averaging 4.13 kills per set — and Allison Smith had 13. The Mavericks smothered Commerce (4-4) at the net with six total blocks and three block assists by Gianinetti, who also had a solo block.
Commerce hit .042, with 32 hitting errors. Mesa had 51 kills on 141 swings.
A pair of second-half goals lifted Colorado Mesa to a 2-0 victory over Humboldt State (California) in St. George, Utah.
It was the first time the Mavericks (1-2-1) scored this season.
Amanda Wentzel’s top-shelf finish from 25 yards out broke a scoreless tie in the 46th minute. CMU outshot Humboldt 16-5, including a team-high six shots from Wentzel.
Alexis Allard tacked on an insurance goal in the 88th minute to secure the victory.
Both the men’s and women’s teams lost 7-2 to the University of Nebraksa-Kearney during the final day of the CSU-Pueblo Duals.
Max Lindqvist was the Mavericks’ only singles winner, defeating his No. 2 singles opponent 2-6, 6-4, 12-10. He was part of the winning No. 3 doubles team. Nick Farmen injured a wrist during singles play, so Lindqvist was paired with William Agritelley in an 8-5 win.
The women picked up two singles victories, with Kristen Kirby winning her No. 1 singles match 6-4, 3-6, 13-11 and Taylor Hershey taking No. 5 singles 1-6, 6-3, 10-8.