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October 20, 2012

No. 12 Diggers Win Streak Halted At 10 With 3-2 Loss At WNMU

SILVER CITY, N.M. – The No. 12 Colorado School of Mines volleyball team rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to tie things up at 2-2, but the Orediggers were outlasted in the fifth set by home-standing Western New Mexico in falling to the Lady Mustangs, 3-2, in conference action at Drag's Court on Friday evening.

Mines (16-5, 10-2 RMAC) suffered its first setback in longer than a month with the loss and saw its school record-tying 10 match win streak come to an end. 

After entering the match with a 30-to-5 advantage in set victories over their win streak, the Orediggers found themselves in just their second 2-0 deficit following wins by WNMU (11-11, 8-4 RMAC) in the first two sets (25-17, 25-21). 

The two squads found themselves neck-and-neck in the third set, including 13 tie scores and six lead changes during the stanza alone, which pushed the score to 20-20 before Mines closed out the set with a 5-to-1 run to take the victory.

Mines used the momentum from the rousing win in the third set to post a 25-10 victory in the fourth behind a combined seven kills from Jackie Stabell and Laura Beckmann. The squad posted six blocks during the set in holding the Lady Mustangs to a -.100 attack percentage.

The deciding set was just as competitive as the third and featured 12 tie scores and four lead changes with neither team being able to build a lead of more than one point. The two squads pushed the score to 17-17 in the third before WNMU was able to string two points together to take the 19-17 win in the set and a 3-2 win in the match. 

The group of Melanie Wannamaker, Stabell, Beckmann and Holly Hutchison combined for 51 kills during the match, led by 15 on a .323 attack percentage by Wannamaker. She added five digs and four blocks on the defensive end with a pair of service aces. 

Stabell added 13 kills with six digs and two blocks on the defensive side. Her 13 kills move her into fourth on the all-time charts at Mines for the category – surpassing Coree Kammerzell (1998-2001) on the charts with 1,347 career kills.

Beckmann finished with 13 kills of her own on a team-high .370 attack percentage while Hutchison added 10 kills, five digs and two blocks on the defensive side. 

Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood notched a career-high 54 assists during the match and added to her team lead in double-doubles with her sixth of the year after adding 12 assists on defense. 

Junior Hannah Margheim and freshman Corrine Din combined for 34 digs to lead the Mines defensive back line. 

The Orediggers will continue their trip through New Mexico with a matchup against the Cowgirls of New Mexico Highlands on Saturday at 5 p.m.    

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