Orediggers hold off Mesa
Colorado Mesa was up for the challenge Friday night, but couldn’t hang with the defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference volleyball champion.
Colorado School of Mines persevered to defeat the Mavericks 23-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-14 in a battle for first place in the RMAC at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
The 18th-ranked Orediggers (15-4, 9-1 RMAC) won their eighth consecutive match and snapped Mesa’s seven-match winning streak.
Melanie Wannamaker led the Orediggers with 21 kills. It was her third match of the season with 20 or more kills, and she added four blocks and two digs.
Sarah Pekarek had 16 kills and 11 digs. Alanna Winfield had 14 kills. Mines hit .315 for the match, a season-best for an opponent against the Mavericks.
Erin Perez led the Mavericks (15-3, 7-2 RMAC) with 13 kills. Christian Otzen had 11 kills and Audrey Steinkirchner had nine.
Jordyn Moody made 38 assists and Sunni Rae Baird had 17 digs for Colorado Mesa, which hit .182, its lowest since a loss at CSU-Pueblo.
Mesa took an 8-4 lead in the first set, but the Orediggers came back to take an 11-9 lead. The teams exchanged leads three times before the Mavs went up 19-18 on a Perez kill.
Abby Ney had two kills to give Mesa a 23-21 lead. Mines cut it to 24-23 before Steinkirchner put the first set away with a kill.
Neither team led by more than two points until Mines went on a 7-2 run for a 16-11 lead in Game 2.
Mesa cut it to two at 20-18, but the Orediggers won five of the next six points to close out the set and even the match at a game a piece.
The Orediggers parlayed a 9-0 run in the third game to a 25-15 victory, then had scoring runs of 7-0 and 7-2 to close out the match in Game 4.