Mesa volleyball team beats No. 18 Metro

Early this season, the Mesa State College volleyball team was taking at least one game during matches against nationally ranked opponents.

Saturday, the Mavericks took all three, upending No. 18 Metro State 26-24, 25-23, 25-20 in Denver.

The victory ran the Mavs’ streak of consecutive games won to 12 — they’ve swept their past four matches since losing a heartbreaker in five games to Colorado School of Mines.

Antoinette McCormick had 14 kills and Ali Tompkins 11 to lead the Mavericks, with Tompkins only one shy of yet another double-double with nine digs. Gabrielle Lovato had eight kills and Meagan Bosch came off the bench to record five, including the final two of the match.

Each game was close, with the momentum of the second game changing hands on nearly every point down the stretch. It was so close, each team took two timeouts during the final seven points, trying to get the upper hand.

Tompkins had back-to-back kills to get the Mavs to game point.

Whitney Howard had 18 digs for Mesa State (12-8, 10-1 RMAC). Mesa State hit .271 and Metro .246 in the match, with each team recording 44 kills.

The Mavs host fifth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney on Friday night at Brownson Arena, followed by Chadron State on Saturday as part of Mesa’s final homestand of the season. The Mavs’ next six matches are at Brownson.

Cross Country

Alexis Skarda won her third race of the season, winning the Tom Strandt Memorial 6K run in 22 minutes, 44 seconds.

Brooke Bosman placed fourth in 25:02, Jessica Smith took 12th in 28:19 and Tara Ebarb finished 32nd in 29:46 for Mesa State.

The 10th-ranked Mavericks are off until Oct. 24 when it runs in the RMAC Championships in Denver.

Swimming & Diving

The Mesa State men took second and the women third at the University of Denver Relays.

DU beat the Mesa men 210-98. Mesa won the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 500 freestyle relay. Jordan Cahill and David Baker were on both relays.

Colorado State won the women’s team title with 284 points. DU took second with 244, Mesa was third with 126 and Adams State finished fourth with 36.

The Mavericks had five relay teams place sixth.

The Mesa women defeated Adams State, Colorado Mines and Metro State’s club team, but lost to Colorado’s club team in dual meets Friday in Golden. The Mesa men defeated Adams State 113-0, but lost to Mines, Colorado and Metro State on Friday.


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