No. 15 Volleyball Moves Win Streak To Six With 3-0 Victory Over CSUP
GOLDEN – The No. 15 Colorado School of Mines volleyball team hit a blistering .308 as a squad en route to its third-straight, straight-set victory on Thursday evening with a 3-0 win over CSU-Pueblo at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
Ten blocks by the Orediggers (12-4, 6-1 RMAC) helped limit the ThunderWolves (11-7, 2-5 RMAC) to just .091 hitting during the contest.
Junior and reigning Mines Student-Athlete of the Week Melanie Wannamaker posted another strong performance, including four kills on a .667 attack percentage in the first set to help Mines race to a 25-13 win in the opener.
The second set proved to be the most competitive stanza of the match, with both squads posting sub-.200 attack percentages and the ThunderWolves recording four blocks, but the Mines back line stepped up with 24 digs while Wannamaker controlled the middle with a .417 attack percentage on seven kills. Sarah Pekarek added four of her own to account for more than half of the Oredigger kills in posting a 25-20 victory.
Just like the first set, Mines jumped out to a quick lead in the finale, this time 6-1, which forced a CSUP timeout. Mines pushed its lead to 14-6 before not allowing the score to come closer than seven points the rest of the way in securing a 25-13 set victory. Mines how now posted 12 consecutive set victories in running its match win streak to six.
Wannamaker led the team with 13 kills on a .524 attack percentage while adding five blocks defensively. Pekarek followed with nine of her own on .348 hitting while adding 11 digs and three blocks on the defensive end.
Senior Jackie Stabell followed with nine kills to record just her fourth match of the season with less than double-digit kills. She moved her season total for the category to 200 – marking the fourth-straight year she has reached the plateau after recording at least 300 kills in her previous three seasons.
Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood posted 37 assists and three service aces while adding 11 digs and three blocks on defense. The 37 assists and 11 kills pushed her team-leading number of double-doubles to four on the season.
Hannah Margheim led the team in digs with 15 while freshman Corrine Din added 11.
Mines will continue its current three-match homestand with a 7 p.m. matchup on Friday evening against Western State. Eight lucky fans will get the chance to win one free meal from Jimmy Johns each week for an entire year as part of the Mines Volleyball Jimmy Johns Weekend!