Triple-threat attack lifts Mesa State volleyball team to win

The first two weeks of the season, the Mesa State College volleyball team struggled to find its offense.

Apparently, it was in New Mexico.

The Mavericks had their best offensive night of the season Saturday, with three players reaching double figures in kills, in a five-game win, 15-25, 25-23, 28-30, 25-20, 15-10, over Western New Mexico University.

Right-side hitter Tessa Andrews had a season-high 24 kills and only five errors, hitting .452.

Outside hitter Ali Tompkins adding 18 kills and middle hitter Antoinette McCormick had 12.

Mesa State (4-7, 2-0 RMAC) hit .234 as a team, with 75 kills. Gabrielle Lovato added nine kills off the bench.

After losing the long third game, the Mavericks regrouped quickly and took a 10-2 lead in the fourth game.

Western New Mexico chipped away and it was a two-point game, 21-19, when Andrews came up with three kills in a four-point stretch.

An attack error by the Mustangs tied the match at two games each.

McCormick recorded five kills in the final game, and with the Mavs up 14-10, setter Tara King went to Tompkins, who put the final point away.

The Mavericks have their home debut Friday night against Western State, with Fort Lewis in town on Saturday.

Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in the new-look Brownson Arena.


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