No. 23 Mines Cruises Past No. 18 Regis, 3-1
GOLDEN – For the second time in as many days, the No. 23 Colorado School of Mines volleyball squad upset a nationally-ranked opponent, this time No. 18 Regis, by a 3-1 score at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
Mines (8-4, 3-1 RMAC) used better than 60 percent sideout rates in all four sets, including a 71 percent mark and a .346 team attack percentage in a 25-13 win in the opener.
Mines captured set two by a 25-23 final in a set that featured six kills and a .417 attack percentage by senior and returning All-American Jackie Stabell. Mines also posted five total blocks in the set and limited Regis (8-6, 2-2 RMAC) to just a .091 attack percentage.
Regis made a comeback attempt and took the third set by a 25-20 score, but Mines would finish strong with a blistering .520 attack percentage and 69 percent sideout rate in racing to a set-four win, 25-10.
The fourth set saw Mines post a 12-to-0 run that took the score from 9-8 in favor of Mines to 21-8 – all under the serve of sophomore Sarah Pekarek.
Just as Friday night's 3-1 win over No. 10 Metro State, the the final two points of the match were clinched first on a kill by junior Melanie Wannamaker, and second on a block by Wannamaker and a teammate. On Friday Pekarek and Wannamaker combined to close out the match, but on Saturday, Wannamaker and Stabell worked together to move Mines to 3-1 in the RMAC.
Stabell led the offense with 19 kills on a .350 attack percentage while adding five digs and six total blocks defensively during the match.
Fellow senior Holly Hutchison added 11 kills on a .381 attack percentage and sophomore Laura Beckmann notched nine kills on .292 hitting to lead the Orediggers to a .299 team attack percentage.
Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood notched 44 assists for a total of 91 over the last two matches, while Wannamaker and Pekarek led the defensive effort with nine blocks and 16 digs, respectively.
Mines will close out its four-match homestand on Tuesday when it hosts South Dakota Mines in a nonconference tilt at Lockridge Arena in Golden at 6 p.m.