Metro State came into the game ranked number ten in the nation having won three games in a row, but stood no match against No. 23 Mines. The Orediggers pulled the upset at home in front of a crowd of 620 people, winning 25-13, 20-25, 25-22, and 25-23 in a tightly fought match to improve to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in the RMAC.
Melanie Wannamaker led the team recording 17 kills while hitting .600 followed by Jackie Stabell with 13 kills on the night. In a game where mines hit .159 as a team, Metro’s mistakes proved to be the difference, as the Roadrunners committed a total of 11 service errors and four service receive errors over the course of the game. Meanwhile, freshman Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood recorded a career high 47 assists in the match.
The Lady Orediggers followed up their dominating win Friday with a win Saturday over No. 18 Regis University, winning 25-13, 25-23, 20-25, and 25-10. Jackie Stabell recorded 19 kills in the match to lead the team with 32 kills over the two-match weekend. With an impressive defense, Mines recorded two solo blocks and 20 block assists as a team, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the match. After Regis won the third set, the team responded with an emphatic 15-point fourth game win. On the defensive end, Sarah Pekarak had 16 digs and Hannah Margheim 14 digs in holding Regis to .077 hitting percentage for the match. With both wins, Mines improved to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the RMAC.
Mines resumes their homestand Tuesday night at 6 pm against South Dakota School of Mines on “Professor Night” before heading out to face Black Hills State and Chadron State on the road.