GOLDEN – Despite 17 blocks from visiting Black Hills State, the No. 16 Colorado School of Mines volleyball team sent its seniors out in style with a 3-0 win over the Yellowjackets at Lockridge Arena in Golden on Saturday during Senior Night.
Mines (19-5, 13-2 RMAC) controlled the match from start-to-finish behind game scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-18. The win gave Mines its 13th victory in its last 14 matches.
Mines honored its six seniors (Jackie Stabell, Holly Hutchison, Grace Bol, Anna Padget-Shields, Alese Madenwald and Betsy Hansing) that have been a part of the best four-year run in the history of the Mines volleyball program. So far, the Mines Volleyball Class of 2012 has recorded a 79-36 overall record (.687 win percentage) and a 50-20 mark (.714 win percentage) in RMAC play. The squad has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three prior seasons and is currently chasing the first conference title in the history of the program.
The win brought Mines back to even with No. 15 Regis for first overall in the RMAC East Division standings, as well as a tie for first in the overall standings with a 13-2 conference record.
The win also brought head coach Jamie Skadeland closer to 100 career wins. Her record now stands at 98-49 in four-plus seasons for a winning percentage of .667.
Despite the strong front line play by BHSU (9-16, 3-12 RMAC), Mines was still able to generate a .324 team attack percentage in the win. The Orediggers were plagued by six service errors, but found themselves fortunate when the opposition recorded eight of its own. Mines also balanced out the service miscues by recording six aces in the win.
Hutchison led the team with 11 kills during the match on a .500 attack percentage. The Colorado Springs native added two blocks and a dig during the match while Stabell and Melanie Wannamaker added 10 kills apiece.
Stabell posted her 10 kills on a .300 hitting clip while Wannamaker notched 10 kills on a .333 attack percentage while adding two service aces.
Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood notched 39 assists at an average of 13.0 per set while adding eight digs and two blocks defensively.
Junior Hannah Margheim led the squad with 12 digs while Madenwald and Corrine Din added 10 and 11 apiece, respectively.
The squad will head back out on the road for a pair of pivotal matchups next weekend. The Orediggers will face No. 23 Metro State on Friday before matching up with No. 15 Regis on Saturday.
(L-R: Holly Hutchison, Anna Padget-Shields, Betsy Hansing, Grace Bol, Alese Madenwald & Jackie Stabell)