No. 12 Mines Moves To RMAC Tourney Semis With 3-0 Win Over CMU
GOLDEN – Led by a team-high 10 kills by senior Jackie Stabell, the No. 12 Colorado School of Mines volleyball team held strong on its home court, and dispatched visiting and eighth-seeded Colorado Mesa in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 RMAC Volleyball Tournament by a 3-0 final on Tuesday evening at Lockridge Arena.
Mines (24-5), the tournament's top seed, will advance to face fifth-seeded Colorado Christian (23-8) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lockridge Arena. CCU defeated fourth-seeded Metro State by a 3-2 final on Tuesday evening to advance to the RMAC Tournament semifinals.
Mines will host both semifinal rounds and the championship of the RMAC Tournament as the highest remaining seed. The first semifinal matchup will be between second-seeded Regis and third-seeded Adams State at 5 p.m. on Friday. Mines and CCU will follow in the 7:30 match.
The winners of the two matchups will meet in Saturday's RMAC Tournament Championship, which will begin at 7 p.m.
The Orediggers claimed Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-19 to run their school-record number of wins to 24 on the season. Mines also upped its record against teams ranked in the NCAA Division II South Central Region rankings to 12-1 on the season.
The squad has now won 18 of its last 19 contests.
A competitive first set saw a total of 15 tie scores and eight lead changes, including a tie score at 21-21, but a pair of attack errors by CMU (17-11) and kills by junior Melanie Wannamaker and senior Anna Padget-Shields over the final four points gave Mines the win in the opener by a score of 25-21.
Mines took its first lead of the second set at 4-3, and the squad would not relinquish it the rest of the way in posting a 25-22 victory.
The deciding set was much like the second, with Mines taking an early lead and keeping it throughout the remainder of the stanza in posting a 25-19 victory in the set, and a 3-0 victory in the match.
Stabell led the team with 10 kills on a .194 attack percentage, while Wannamaker added eight on a .294 hitting clip. Stabell's 10 kills pushed her over 350 for the season and moved her into sole possession of second on the Mines' all-time kill charts, surpassing Jamie Henderson (1994-97) for second on the list.
Seniors Holly Hutchison and Padget-Shields as well as sophomore Sarah Pekarek followed with six kills apiece, while Pekarek recorded her six on a team-high .312 attack percentage.
Wannamaker and Hutchison tied for the team lead with two blocks each.
Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood notched her 11th double-double of the season with 34 assists and 13 digs during the match.
Junior Hannah Margheim logged a team-high 14 digs while Pekarek added seven of her own during the match.
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