No. 21 Mines Falls To No. 5 UCM In Thriller, 3-2
DENVER – The No. 21 Colorado School of Mines volleyball squad lost a five-set heartbreaker to No. 5 Central Missouri, 3-2, as part of the Colorado Premier tournament at the Regis Fieldhouse in Denver on Saturday evening.
Mines (5-3) rebounded to wins sets two and three by scores of 25-20 and 25-19 after dropping the opener, but the Jennies (5-3) took the fourth set 28-26 after neither squad held a lead of more than four points in the fourth frame.
Mines got the score as close as 13-12 in the finale, but consecutive points by UCM closed out the match. The loss gave the Orediggers a second-place finish in the Bronze Division of the tournament with a 1-3 record.
The two squads shared nearly identical statistics in the match, with each counting category not having a difference of more than two, and the attack percentage of the two squads was separated by .009.
Junior Melanie Wannamaker was lights out as she recorded a career-high 20 kills on a .429 attack percentage on 35 attempts. She added three digs and five block assists defensively and also chipped in one of Mines' five service aces during the contest. The 20 kills tops a previous career-high of 19 kills set in a 3-1 win over Western New Mexico on October 15, 2011.
Jackie Stabell added 17 kills and eight digs while registering a .233 attack percentage and Laura Beckmann, the tournament's leader in attack percentage through Saturday's noon contests, added 10 kills and five block assists on a .250 attack percentage.
Senior Betsy Hansing paced the offense with a career-high 58 assists, which stands as the most by an Oredigger setter since Amanda Massey posted 69 in Mines' 3-2 win over then-No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, and junior Hannah Margheim led the back line with 20 digs defensively.
Mines will open up its RMAC slate on Tuesday when it travels east to Lakewood for a matchup with Colorado Christian at 7 p.m.