After a solid win on Tuesday night vs. Johnson & Wales, the Lady Orediggers volleyball team continued their winning ways this weekend with victories over Black Hills State and Chadron State.
Friday night’s contest placed 19th ranked Mines against the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets. The Orediggers took a firm hold early on in the first game and never let up, winning 25-16. Game two was tightly contested in the early goings, with neither team gaining more than a two point lead. However, Mines broke the game open on a 4-1 run that gave them the 18-11 lead late in the game. From there it was a back-and-forth contest, until a huge Melanie Wannamaker block ended the game at 25-19 in favor of Mines.
CSM was given a scare in the final game, as the Jackets jumped out to an early 12-7 lead. The Orediggers managed to fight back, but it was indeed a fight, as the game was tied four different times with two lead changes from that point on. A kill by freshman Ashlyn Eitemiller sealed the game for Mines 25-23, giving the Orediggers the 3-0 win.
Saturday night put CSM against RMAC foe Chadron State, and despite their winless conference record the Eagles gave the Orediggers a bit of a test. Mines handled the first game well with a comfortable 25-17 win, but game two was a different story. In a tight-knit game that saw the largest lead for either team be a mere three points, the Eagles prevailed 26-24 to tie the match up at one game apiece. The third game was full of momentum shifts and streaks of points for both teams as Chadron State kicked things off with a 5-2 opening run, only to be outdone by Mines which went on an 11-3 run of their own. The Eagles fought back within one point on several occasions throughout the rest of the game, but could never quite complete the comeback, as the Orediggers prevailed 25-22. In the decisive fourth game, CSM took control early and never let up, cruising to a 25-11 game win and a 3-1 match win.
Melanie Wannamaker shined offensively in both games, totalling 38 kills across the weekend. Alanna Winfield and Sarah Pekarek also had strong showings on offense, with 29 and 27 kills respectively over the two matches. Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood was the Orediggers’ defensive standout of the weekend with 37 total digs.
Riding a four game winning streak, the Lady Orediggers will look to keep up their success this week with three consecutive road matches against CSU-Pueblo, Adams State, and Western State. The first of these contests kicks off at 7pm on Thursday, October 10th in Pueblo.