No. 15 Mines Outlasts No. 24 ASU In Battle Of RMAC Leaders, 3-2
GOLDEN –No. 15 Colorado School of Mines pushed its winning streak to eight with a victory in a five-set thriller over visiting and 24th-ranked Adams State on Saturday at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
Mines (14-4, 8-1 RMAC) and the Grizzlies (13-3, 6-2 RMAC) combined for 39 blocks during the match, but both squads were still able to hit better than .230.
The two teams battled to a 9-9 tie in the first set before Mines posted a 14-to-7 rally down the stretch to take the opener by a 25-16 score. Mines posted a .68 sideout percentage and hit .516 as a squad, led by six kills from sophomore Sarah Pekarek on a perfect 1.000 attack percentage. Junior Melanie Wannamaker followed her record-breaking performance on Friday with five kills in the opener on a .714 hitting clip.
The win pushed Mines' set victory streak to 16, but that would come to an end in the next set when the Orediggers were limited to a .097 attack percentage in falling by a score of 25-20.
The Orediggers responded after the break and posted .78 sideout percentage and a .412 attack percentage to take a 25-19 win. The Orediggers were helped by four service errors by ASU in the set, while five Orediggers hit .375 or higher during the stanza, led by matching .667 attack percentages by Wannamaker and Holly Hutchison on a combined six kills.
The Grizzlies would not go away, and responded with a .75 sideout percentage in the next set with eight blocks to post a 25-20 victory.
Mines would enter the fifth set of a match for the first time in just under a month after last appearing in a 3-2 loss to then-No. 5 Central Missouri on September 8.
The two teams stayed competitive, and the score would be deadlocked at 7-7 before Mines posted an 8-to-4 rally down the stretch to take the victory over the co-leader of the RMAC West Division.
Jackie Stabell led five Orediggers in double figures for kills with 16 while adding two digs defensively. Wannamaker followed with 15 kills on .462 hitting while posting three blocks on the defensive side.
Hutchison led the front line with five blocks while Laura Beckmann added four of her own to the defensive total. Beckmann posted a career-high 13 kills on a .273 attack percentage and Hutchison added 10.
Sarah Pekarek recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 kills and 15 digs and freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood extended her team lead in the category to five with a career highs in assists (52) and digs (16).
Mines will return to the road for a pair of matchups next weekend at Colorado Mesa on Friday and Fort Lewis on Saturday.