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No. 17 Volleyball Takes RMAC Opener, 3-0

LAKEWOOD – The No. 17 Colorado School of Mines volleyball squad hit .333 as a squad and stopped every Cougar rally in topping Colorado Christian 3-0 in the conference opener for both squads on Tuesday evening at the CCU Event Center in Lakewood.

Mines (6-3, 1-0 RMAC) hit .382 in the first set to take a 25-21 victory. After a slow start in set two left Mines trailing by a 9-11 score, the Orediggers outscored the Cougars (8-2, 0-1 RMAC) 16-to-8 down the stretch to take a 25-18 victory.

The two teams would both be sharp in the third set, with Mines hitting .378 and Colorado Christian hitting .286. Mines would hold a slight lead through the first part of the set, but the Cougars eventually tie it up a total of eight times, including scores 17 through 22 down the stretch. The Orediggers used a kill by Laura Beckmann and a service ace by Jackie Stabell to close out the set, 25-23, and the match, 3-0.

Seniors Stabell and Holly Hutchison led the squad with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Hutchison's 10 kills came on a .571 attack percentage and she also added four blocks defensively. Melanie Wannamaker added nine kills on a .467 attack percentage and Sarah Pekarek posted eight kills on .318 hitting to account for the majority of Mines' offensive output. 

Junior Hannah Margheim led the team with 12 digs defensively while Betsy Hansing added 40 assists at an average of 13.3 assists per set.

The squad will look to keep its conference record unblemished when it faces UC-Colorado Springs on Saturday at Lockridge Arena beginning at 5 p.m.

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