No. 16 Volleyball Blocks SDSMT's Upset Bid, 3-1
GOLDEN – The No. 16 Colorado School of Mines volleyball team looked as though it might find itself in a trap game after dropping the opening set to South Dakota Mines, but the Orediggers rebounded to post convincing wins in the final three sets to top the Lady Hardrockers, 3-1, on Tuesday evening at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
Mines (9-4, 3-1 RMAC), coming off a pair of wins over nationally-ranked rivals this past weekend, stumbled out to a slow start and lost the first set 25-22 after SDSMT (7-11) posted a whopping .527 attack percentage.
The Orediggers responded with a vengeance, and posted consecutive wins by scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-13 to close out the match and push their win streak to three.
Junior Melanie Wannamaker continued her torrid pace from the past weekend by leading the team with 20 kills at a blistering .500 attack percentage. Her 20 kills tied a career high she set earlier this season in a 3-2 loss against then-No. 5 Central Missouri at the Colorado Premier in Denver.
The reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week added three blocks and three digs defensively in the contest.
Reigning RMAC Offensive Player of the Week Jackie Stabell added 13 kills on a .321 attack percentage while also contributing eight digs and five blocks on the defensive end.
Senior Holly Hutchison posted six kills on a .417 attack percentage, but made her biggest mark on the defensive front with eight of the team's 23 blocks in the contest.
Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood, also the reigning RMAC Setter of the Week, posted a career-high 48 assists and 10 digs while adding three kills. The 48 assists and 10 digs gave her the third double-double of her young career.
Junior Hannah Margheim led the back line with 15 digs while rookie Corrine Din added 13.
Mines will head back out on the road after a four-game home swing with matchups at Black Hills State on Friday in Spearfish, S.D., and Chadron State on Saturday in Chadron, Neb.