Two Mavs snag preseason honors
Colorado Mesa seniors MacKenzie Edwards and Taylor Woods were among players selected to the preseason All-RMAC volleyball team, announced Monday.
Edwards, a first-team all-conference selection last season, led the RMAC in kills per set (4.10) last season. The 5-foot-9 outside hitter was an American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-America selection and a first-team all-region player, after recording 14 double-doubles (kills, digs).
Woods, a 5-4 libero, was a second-team all-RMAC pick last season, recording 467 digs. She had 10 or more digs in all but one match last season and eight times had 20 or more digs. She's fourth in CMU history with 1,523 digs.
As a team, the Mavericks were voted fifth by the conference coaches, behind Regis, which received 15 of 16 first-place votes, Colorado Mines, Metro State and Colorado Christian.
Mesa receives votes in D-II poll
Colorado Mesa is among teams receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association preseason rankings, released Monday.
The Mavericks, 9-2 last season, received 66 votes. Defending national champion Texas A&M-Commerce received 13 first-place votes and is No. 1 in the preseason poll, followed by West Florida, which received 14 first-place votes.
CSU-Pueblo, the preseason favorite to win the RMAC championship, is ranked 14th.
Mesa opens the season on Sept. 1 against South Dakota Mines at Stocker Stadium.
Minor League Baseball
Rockies' rally in 9th falls short
Grand Junction was unable to score after putting the first two batters on base in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night in the Rockies' 4-2 loss to Missoula at Suplizio Field.
Missoula, which pushed its winning streak to four games, went ahead to stay on an RBI double from Cesar Garcia in the top of the sixth inning. Garcia, who finished 3 for 4, added an RBI single in the top of the eighth to give the Osprey (29-25, 10-6 second half) and insurance run.
The Rockies (30-25, 10-7), who have lost three in a row, brought the winning run to the plate when Niko Decolati reached on an error and Daniel Montano singled.
Missoula catcher Zachary Almond, however, got the first out when he dove to catch Javier Guevara's pop up in foul territory off of a bunt. Zach Hall's drive to the warning track in right field was caught for the second out, and Cristopher Navarro struck out looking on a curveball over the inside part of the plate to end the game.
Montano went 2 for 3 for the Rockies, who were limited to five hits and finished 8 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Will Tribucher (2-2) took the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, and three hits in 2 1/3 innings.