No. 15 Mines Blows Past Western State, 3-0
GOLDEN – No. 15 Colorado School of Mines hit better than .500 as a squad in two of the three sets on Friday evening to cruise past Western State, 3-0, in RMAC volleyball action at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
Mines (13-4, 7-1 RMAC) opened with a fury, and posted a quick 9-1 lead before Western State (1-15, 0-8 RMAC) was forced to use a timeout. The Orediggers continued to pour it on throughout the set, led by seven kills from senior Jackie Stabell, in posting a 25-10 win.
Both teams hit better than .400 in the second stanza, and the Mountaineers were able to post six blocks, but Mines' .559 attack percentage in the set proved to be the difference in the 25-20 win.
Set three looked much like the first after Mines jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead. WSCU was able to get the score as close as five points at 16-11, but the Orediggers posted a stretch of seven-consecutive points to push the lead to 23-11, before closing out the set, and match, with a 25-13 victory.
In the match, Mines recorded a season-high .457 team attack percentage which *likely sets a new school record for the category. The win also pushed the Orediggers' record at Lockridge Arena to 9-1 on the season.
The 3-0 win was Mines' fourth-consecutive victory without losing a set. The Orediggers have been victorious in 15 consecutive sets after dropping the opening game to South Dakota Mines on September 25. The match victory pushed Mines' overall winning streak to seven.
The Orediggers got a game-high 15 kills from junior Melanie Wannamaker on an astounding .833 attack percentage, while fellow middle Holly Hutchison added 13 of her own on a .714 attack percentage to lead the offense.
Wannamaker, the reigning Mines Student-Athlete of the Week, went into the Mines record books with her .833 attack percentage, which sets a new all-time, single-game mark for the category on 15-to-19 attempts. She broke Stabell's mark of .778 set last year against Fort Lewis on October 14.
Stabell posted 13 kills of her own in the match on a .391 attack percentage while the pair of Stabell and Wannamaker added two blocks apiece on the defensive side.
Sophomore Sarah Pekarek added seven kills on 19 attacks while adding seven digs defensively.
Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood posted 48 assists to tie her career best for the category that was set on September 25 in a 3-1 win over South Dakota Mines.
Mines will close out its current three-match homestand on Saturday with a matchup against No. 24 Adams State at Lockridge Arena at 5 p.m. Saturday's tilt against the Grizzlies (13-2, 6-1 RMAC) will be the final installment of the Mines Volleyball Jimmy Johns Weekend, and will also be High School Team Night and Wildfire Relief Night.
* - Insufficient statistical data to confirm