No. 14 Diggers Capitalize On Roadrunner Miscues In 3-2 Win
DENVER – Jackie Stabell, Melanie Wannamaker, Holly Hutchison and Anna Padget-Shields combined to record 53 the team's 59 kills in leading the No. 14 Colorado School of Mines volleyball team to a dramatic 3-2 win over No. 23 Metro State on Friday evening at the Auraria Event Center in Denver.
Mines (21-5, 15-2 RMAC) benefitted from 15 service errors by Metro State (16-9, 11-6 RMAC) which helped the squad capture the win despite less blocks, kills and a lower attack percentage in the match.
The Orediggers have now won 15 of their last 16 matches and the win over the Roadrunners served as the squad's sixth victory over a ranked team in 2012.
The win was the 100th victory for head coach Jamie Skadeland, who now owns a 100-49 career record in her fifth season at the helm of the program for a .671 win percentage.
The Orediggers back line, led by junior Hannah Margheim, posted 81 digs during the match, including 17 in the deciding fifth stanza. Margheim posted 19 while senior Alese Madenwald added 15 to lead the defensive efforts on a night when the number of blocks from the front line was limited.
Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood notched her ninth double-double of the season with a 44-assist, 15-dig performance on Sautrday. She added two service aces and tied for the team lead with two blocks as well.
Stabell led the offense with 17 kills on a .368 attack percentage while adding three digs on the defensive side. The 2012 RMAC Academic Player of the Year now sits just 30 kills behind Jamie Henderson (1994-1997) for second on the all-time kill list at Mines.
Wannamaker added 13 kills on a .344 attack percentage while Hutchison posted 12, five digs and two blocks. Wannamaker needs just eight kills to go over 300 in a season for the first time in her career, and holds a .378 attack percentage on the season which leads the RMAC by nearly 50 points.
Padget-Shields notched 11 kills of her own a team-high .375 attack percentage.
Metro State slowed the momentum from Mines' emphatic 3-0 win over No. 13 Regis on Friday with a 25-19 victory in Saturday's first stanza.
The Orediggers rebounded quickly by posting consecutive set victories in games two and three behinds scores of 25-17 and 25-22.
The Roadrunners would not go away quietly, and pushed the match to a fifth set with a 25-16 win in set four.
Mines came out firing in the fifth and posted a .448 attack percentage in the deciding set while limiting Metro State to a .167 attack percentage and a sideout rate of 35 percent to claim a 15-10 set win, and a 3-2 match victory.
With regular-season sweeps over Regis and Metro State, and a 1-0 record against Colorado Christian after a 3-0 win earlier this season, the Orediggers will go for the "Denver Sweep" on Tuesday, November 6, with a matchup against CCU at Lockridge Arena in Golden. The 7 p.m. "Greek Night" match will be sponsored by Jimmy Johns and will serve as the squad's final home match of the regular season.