No. 12 Mines Sweeps Skyhawks To Push Win Streak To 10
DURANGO – The red-hot, 12th-ranked Colorado School of Mines volleyball team posted a .391 attack percentage and a nearly 70 percent sideout rate in claiming a 3-0 victory over Fort Lewis on Saturday evening in Durango.
Mines (16-4, 10-1 RMAC) posted its 10th-consecutive win with the shutout of the Skyhawks (9-9, 5-5 RMAC). Over Mines' 10-match streak, the Orediggers have posted a 30-5 set record while maintaining a .288 attack percentage during the stretch.
The two squads battled to a 9-9 tie, and another at 16-16, before the Orediggers posted a 9-to-4 run down the stretch in taking the opener by a 25-20 score.
The competitive first set could have been called a "cold start" by the Orediggers as the squad raced out to a 10-3 lead in the second stanza and never looked back in posting a 25-13 win behind a combined 10 kills from senior Anna Padget-Shields and reigning RMAC Offensive Player of the Week Melanie Wannamaker. The duo recorded the 10 kills on a combined .666 attack percentage during the set.
Mines again jumped out to an early lead in the third set – this time pushing the score to 10-4 before closing out the set and match with a 25-17 victory.
Wannamaker, one of the driving forces in Mines' unprecedented run, kept her torrid rate in tact with 12 kills on a .647 attack percentage while adding two blocks on the defensive side. Over her list five contests - a span of two weeks worth of matches - Wannamaker has knocked in kills at a 3.47 per set clip while notching nearly a .500 attack percentage in the process.
Padget-Shields followed with 10 kills on a .450 attack rate and Sarah Pekarek added eight kills and two digs on defense in the win.
Senior Jackie Stabell went over 250 kills for the season with seven on Saturday – the fourth-straight season she reached the 250-kill plateau. Fellow senior Holly Hutchison recorded seven kills of her own on .462 hitting to push her season total for the category past 150.
Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood recorded 36 assists at an average of 13 per set in the contest while adding four digs and a block on the defensive side while Hannah Margheim led the back line defense with eight digs.
Mines will continue its road swing on Friday with a matchup at Western New Mexico on Friday before facing New Mexico Highlands on Saturday.