No. 12 Mines' Historic Season Ends In NCAA South Central Region Semifinals
DENVER – Second-seeded and ninth-ranked West Texas A&M used 28 blocks and a .273 attack percentage to top third-seeded and 12th-ranked Colorado School of Mines by a 3-1 score in the NCAA South Central Region Tournament semifinals on Friday evening at the Regis Fieldhouse in Denver.
The loss puts Mines' final record at 26-7 and closes the books on the most historic season in program history.
Senior and RMAC Offensive Player of the Year Jackie Stabell led the team with a game-high 21 kills on a .294 attack percentage while adding four digs and two blocks defensively. The Tomball, Texas, native's 21 kills in the match pushed her past Elizabeth Serra-Hsu (2007-10 - 1,508) for first on the Mines' all-time kill charts with 1,516 in her storied career.
Her 434 kills during the 2012 campaign also give her the fourth-highest season kill total in program history, while her season average of 3.74 kills per set gave her the fifth-best average for the category in program history.
She was named to the South Central Region All-Tournament team after averaging 4.62 kills per set on a .330 attack percentage during the tournament.
Junior Melanie Wannamaker followed with 14 kills while adding four digs and four blocks defensively. She closed out her All-Region season with 376 kills while setting a new program record for attack percentage with a .355 mark in 2012.
Sophomore Laura Beckmann added 12 kills on a .219 attack percentage in addition to a pair of blocks, while senior Holly Hutchison added nine kills and three blocks to finish her season with 271 kills.
Freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood posted a season and career-high 55 assists while adding 11 digs for her 14th double-double of the season. The Cypress, Texas, product finished with 1,050 assists for the fourth-highest total in school history. Her season average of 11.7 assists per set is the second-highest average in school history. She was named to the South Central Region All-Tournament team after averaging 13.1 assists per set during the two-match stretch.
Junior Hannah Margheim led the defensive efforts with 22 digs to bring her season-total to 452, which is the fifth-highest total in school history. Her average of 3.90 digs per set is the sixth-highest total for the category in program history.
Freshman Corrine Din added 10 digs while sophomore Sarah Pekarek notched 12 to round out the Mines' defensive totals.
WTAMU opened the match with a 6-2 lead in the first set, and after the Lady Buffs increased their lead to 19-14, head coach Jamie Skadeland was forced to use her first timeout.
A quick kill by Beckmann following the timeout turned into a 5-3 run by the Orediggers that brought the score to 22-19, forcing the Lady Buffs to use a timeout.
WTAMU would close the first set on a 3-0 run to take the opener by a 25-19 score.
After WTAMU opened the second stanza with a 4-2 lead, Mines rallied to tie the score at 8-8. A long volley on the next sequence resulted in a kill by Hutchison that fired up the Oredigger faithful, and that point was quickly followed by another Hutchison kill that gave Mines a 10-8 lead.
WTAMU answered with a 9-5 run that put itself back in the lead by a score of 17-15 which caused Mines to call a timeout.
Mines battled back to tie up the score at 19-19 on a combo block by Hutchison and Johnson-Hazlewood, and consecutive kills by Hutchison and Stabell pushed Mines up front 21-19, causing a WTAMU timeout.
After the Lady Buffs tied up the score at 21-21, Mines answered on another kill by Stabell – already her 14th of the contest – before moving the lead to 24-22. A kill by Wannamaker closed out the second set – a 25-22 Mines victory.
The Orediggers carried the momentum from the second set into the third by opening up the stanza with a 6-4 lead, but unforced errors by Mines quickly brought the score back to 8-8.
A kill by Beckmann and a combo block by Wannamaker and Pekarek moved Mines up front at 10-8, but WTAMU battled back to tie up the score at 12-12. A 3-1 run by WTAMU after the tie score forced Skadeland to use a timeout.
Mines battled back and pushed a lead to 18-16 on consecutive kills by Hutchison and a ball handling error by WTAMU increased the Oredigger lead to 19-16 – causing the Lady Buffs to call a timeout.
Mines continued to battle point-for-point and pushed its lead to 22-20, but consecutive points by the Lady Buffs again tied up the set at 22-22.
With Mines up 24-23, the Lady Buffs poured in two consecutive points to take a 25-24, set-point lead, but a combo block by Beckmann and Wannamaker tied up the score once more at 25-25. WTAMU would record a kill and a block in consecutive points to take the third set by a score of 27-25.
Set four opened up with WTAMU posting an 8-6 lead, which was pushed out to 15-10. After the Lady Buffs pushed the lead to 18-12, Mines was forced to use its second timeout of the set.
The stop in play wouldn't stop WTAMU, who posted a 7-4 run down the stretch to capture the set, 25-16, and the match, 3-1.
The loss closed the books on the most accomplished senior class in program history. Seniors Stabell, Hutchison, Alese Madenwald, Betsy Hansing, Anna Padget-Shields and Grace Bol concluded their careers with four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, the 2012 RMAC Championship and a record of 86-38 for a winning percentage of .694. The 2012 senior class led the squad to a school-record 26 victories during the 2012 campaign, as well a school record 17 conference victories.
2012 South Central Region All-Tournament Team
Lacy Hayes - West Texas
Shelbi Goode - Angelo State
Laura Iwuchukwu - West Texas
Lauren Beville - West Texas
Katie Klein - Regis
Jackie Stabell - Colorado School of Mines
Lauren Quijano - Metro State
Alex Woolsey - Angelo State
Maddie Huth - Angelo State
Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood - Colorado School of Mines
Caitie Breaux - Regis
Erin Dougherty - West Texas