Otzen, Hess leads Mesa VB team past Adams State
Colorado Mesa rallied from one set down to defeat Adams State 19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday night in Alamosa.
The Mavericks (19-5, 11-4 RMAC) remain in a second-place tie with Western New Mexico (19-5, 11-4 RMAC).
Christian Otzen led Mesa with 17 kills and had .262 attack percentage. Melissa Hess had 15 kills and hit .300. Abby Ney and Audrey Steinkirchner had seven kills apiece.
The Grizzlies (12-11, 10-5 RMAC) hit .217 and were led by Deprece Washington with 13 kills. Gabriella Riffilato had 36 assists and 14 digs.
Adams State took an 8-3 lead in the first set and never looked back. The Grizzlies finished it with a 6-1 run.
Mesa rallied from a 19-17 deficit in the second game with an 8-2 run. Steinkirchner had two kills in the run.
Adams State took a 7-2 lead in Game 3, but the Mavs rebounded with a 7-0 run for a 9-7 lead. They led the rest of the way.
Mesa had a 7-2 run midway through the fourth set for an 18-13 lead. The Grizzlies cut the lead to two points, but Hess closed the set with another kill.
Sunni Rae Baird had 19 digs, Kricket Adleman had 14, Otzen 11 and Jordyn Moody 10. Moody also had 48 assists.
Drew Schumann took fourth place to lead Colorado Mesa in the University of Wyoming Open in Laramie, Wyo.
The 141-pound junior reached the semifinals in the elite division (returning college wrestlers) with two pins before losing 7-1 to Boise State’s Travis Himmelman. Schumann won a consolation match, then lost in the third-place match.
Mesa’s Tyler Miles went 0-2 at 165 pounds, and Mitch Wyatt went 1-2 at 184.
Several wrestlers likely to redshirt competed in the amateur division.
Freshman Drake Dudley placed third at 165 with four wins in the consolation bracket, including one pin. Freshman Jacob Wilcoxen reached the semifinals in the 133-pound class with two pins but pulled out because of an injury. Sophomore Chuck Lueth reached the semifinals at 184.
CMU coach Chuck Pipher took 22 wrestlers to the meet but only a handful of returning wrestlers.