No. 23 Volleyball Knocks Off No. 10 Metro State, 3-1
GOLDEN – Led by a combined 30 kills by Jackie Stabell and Melanie Wannamaker, the No. 23 Colorado School of Mines Volleyball squad upset No. 10 Metro State, 3-1, on Friday evening at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
Mines (7-4, 2-1 RMAC) had a lower attack percentage than the Roadrunners (7-4, 2-1 RMAC) but 11 service errors and four reception errors by Metro State proved to be the difference in the contest.
The Orediggers came out firing in the first set, and recorded a .219 attack percentage as well as a .714 sideout percentage in posting a 25-13 win in the opener.
Metro State would not go away quietly, and the squad rebounded from the disastrous first set to post a 25-20 victory in set two behind a .324 team attack percentage.
Set three featured three lead changes and 11 tie scores, but six kills by Stabell, including two to put Mines ahead 24-22, gave the Orediggers the boost they needed for the win. An attack error by Metro State closed out the set, giving Mines a 25-22 win, and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Set four was even more competitive and featured 13 tie scores and five lead changes. This time, a six kill performance by Wannamaker on a .669 attack percentage pushed the squad to the win. After the score was tied up at 23-23, a kill by Wannamaker followed by a block on the next point by Wannamaker and Sarah Pekarek closed out the match, giving Mines just its seventh win over Metro State since 1992.
Wannamaker led the team with 17 kills on a .600 attack percentage and also added three blocks defensively.
Stabell posted 13 kills and five digs, while adding three blocks as well.
Rookie Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood recorded the highest assist output of her short career with a game-high 47, while also adding 10 digs defensively.
Hannah Margheim led the team with 12 digs while Cassie Vick added 10 of her own to the team's total.
The Orediggers will continue their homestand on Saturday when the squad hosts No. 18 Regis at 5 p.m. The Rangers (8-5, 2-1 RMAC) lost at Colorado Christian on Friday evening by a 3-1 final in Lakewood.