Hailey Crane rotated into the lineup with Colorado Mesa up one point in the third set Friday night and soon after delivered crucial back-to-back kills to spark the Mavericks to a four-set victory at Colorado Christian.
With the set tied 25-25 and the Cougars serving, Crane took two sets from Sam Ritter and put the ball down on the final two points for a 27-25 win in the Mavericks' 25-23, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18 victory.
The junior outside hitter finished with 11 kills, one off her season high, and was in on a pair of blocks for CMU (10-6, 6-2 RMAC). Kasie Gilfert had 14 kills and hit .400, with Maranda Thelus adding 13 kills.
Ritter and Ara Norwood each had 26 assists and Kerstin Layman 26 digs to help the Mavericks stay on the attack despite the Cougars (6-10, 2-6) putting up 15 total blocks, with Katie Henry recording nine block assists.
A pair of first-half goals, including an own goal, propelled Regis to a 2-0 victory over Colorado Mesa. It was the Mavericks' first loss since the opening game of the season and their first in conference play.
In a game moved from Denver to Golden because of field conditions at Regis after Thursday's snow, the Mavericks fell behind after only 17 minutes, 40 seconds when Pascal von Matthey beat CMU keeper Rhett Cook high into the right side of the net.
Six minutes later, the Mavericks sent a pass back to the goal, but it got past Cook for a 2-0 Regis lead.
Colorado Mesa (6-2-2, 4-1-2 RMAC) never got on track, managing only seven shots, putting only three on goal. It was a defensive battle the entire game, with the Rangers (6-4-1, 5-2-0) taking only seven shots, four on goal.