Todd leads Mesa VB team past Highlands
With another balanced attack, Colorado Mesa’s volleyball team wrapped up a road sweep Saturday, coming back after dropping the first set to beat New Mexico Highlands 17-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21.
Natalee Todd’s career-high 16 kills led the Mavericks (12-4, 6-2 RMAC), with MacKenzie Edwards adding 11 and Hailey Crane a career-high 10.
Crane, a redshirt freshman outside hitter, had only five kills in six matches before Saturday.
CMU is still trying to find the right combination with middle hitter Hattie Gianinetti still sidelined by an injury sustained against Regis two weeks ago, but got eight kills from right-side hitter Megan Gianinetti and six from setter Sam Ritter, who also had 41 assists.
After falling behind early in the first set and never catching up, the Mavericks turned the tables on Highlands in the second set, leading 9-3 before the Cowboys rallied, cutting the lead to 13-10.
Tied at 22-22, Todd and Crane recorded back-to-back kills before Tiffany Matchet scored for Highlands and got the serve back. Matchet made a serving error, and the Mavericks held off Highlands in the third set, then rallied in the fourth from a 17-15 deficit.
After a timeout, Edwards, Crane and Todd all recorded kills, and at 19-19, Crane scored to put Mesa on top for good.
At match point, Ritter set Edwards, who put the ball away.
Swimming & Diving
The Mavericks had a dozen top-five finishes in the final day of the Intermountain Shootout at El Pomar Natatorium.
Facing Division I competition, CMU’s Morgan Bean finished third in the men’s 100-yard butterfly (51.30 seconds), with Chris Radomski fourth (51.68).
Noah Macomber scored 282.15 points in the men’s 3-meter diving, just short of the 295 points to qualify for nationals in the first week of the season. Sage D’Ambrosia was fourth with 281 points.
Kenzie Smith was third in the women’s 1-meter diving in her first college meet, scoring 212 points, with Kelsey Vreeman fifth with 204.85 points.
Maddie McClain finished fifth in the women’s 500 free (5 minutes, 16.70 points).
Torsten Rau was fourth in the men’s 500 free (4:47.14) and Noah Beaver was fifth in the 100 free (47.70).
Three CMU relay teams placed, with the “A” 200 free relay team fourth and the “B” team fifth. The 400 free relay team was fifth.
Max and Oliver Lindqvist both won tough singles matches to help the CMU men finish the Maverick Duals with a 5-4 victory over CSU-Pueblo.
After the brothers both won their respective doubles matches, Oliver with Will Agrittley at No. 1 and Max with Nick Farmen at No. 3, Max Lindqvist won his No. 1 singles match 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Oliver won a three-setter at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 5-7, 10-6. Lucas Martin claimed a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles.