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No. 12 Mines Advances To RMAC Tournament Final With 3-1 Win Over CCU

No. 12 Mines Advances To RMAC Tournament Final With 3-1 Win Over CCU

GOLDEN – Led by a season-high 20 kills by RMAC Offensive Player of the Year Jackie Stabell, the 12th-ranked and top-seeded Colorado School of Mines volleyball team advanced to Saturday's RMAC Tournament Championship with a 3-1 victory over Colorado Christian in the semifinal round of the tournament on Friday at Lockridge Arena in Golden.

Mines (25-5) captured the victory behind set scores of 25-21, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-21 to record the squad's first victory not via a straight-set win in its last eight contests. 

The team has now posted wins in 19 of its last 20 matches and will face second-seeded and 14th-ranked Regis in Saturday's RMAC Tournament Final. Regis is currently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Rankings while the Orediggers are currently No. 2 in the poll.

Saturday's match with Regis will be Mines' first RMAC Tournament Championship appearance in program history. 

Stabell recorded her 20 kills on a .543 attack percentage while adding four blocks and five digs defensively. She has now posted 10 or more kills in 24 of Mines' 30 matches this season to bring her season kill total to 379. 

Melanie Wannamaker, a Second Team All-RMAC selection, added 14 kills on a .226 attack percentage while adding three blocks on the defensive end. Senior and Third Team All-RMAC selection Holly Hutchison posted nine kills on a .600 attack percentage in addition to a team-high five blocks. 

Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood added 47 assists and a team-high 14 digs for the 12th double-double of her short career. She also tied a season high with three kills and added one service ace. 

The Orediggers jumped out to a strong 18-8 lead in the first set, but errors by the offense allowed CCU (23-9) to creep back in and eventually trim the lead to 23-19. Mines would protect the early lead and close out the first set by a score of 25-21. 

The second set featured six tie scores but just two lead changes, as the Orediggers trailed for the majority of the set before taking a 21-20 lead. The squad then posted a mini-run of 3-1 to take a 24-21 lead and eventually closed out the set by a score of 25-23. 

CCU captured set three by a 25-23 final with a .60 sideout percentage a .308 team attack percentage. 

Mines closed out the match with a 25-21 victory in set four to advance to the program's first-ever RMAC Tournament final. 

The automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division II Tournament from the RMAC will be decided on Saturday when Mines and Regis meet at Lockridge Arena in Golden at 7 p.m. 

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