Despite last weekend’s rough opening tournament in Minnesota, dropping the Lady Orediggers to No. 19 in the country, the Orediggers rebounded strong on their home court to win four straight on the weekend. After sweeping their first two matches against Western Oregon and Texas Woman’s University on Friday, Mines certainly kept their momentum going on Saturday.
Starting off Saturday’s schedule for the Orediggers, they took on the #22 Central Washington Wildcats, and prevailed 3-1. After CWU jumped out to the early lead by grabbing the first set 23-19, Mines rallied to take the final three sets 25-22, 24-15, and 25-21 respectively. The Orediggers won with an all-around team effort with three players recording double digit kills, Melanie Wannamaker with 20, Alanna Winfield with 13, and Samantha Fischer with 11. Four players also recorded double digit digs, Sarah Pekarek with 16, Corrine Din with 14, Taryn Huber with 13, and Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood with 12.
Later that afternoon, CSM squared off against the unranked Tarleton State TexAnns and easily took care of business with a 3-0 shutout victory. The match was rather one-sided, with Mines taking their three sets in a fairly dominating 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 fashion, owning an almost 20% edge in kill percentage over the TexAnns. Melanie Wannamaker and Alanna Winfield again contributed double digit kills on offense, with 18 and 13 respectively. While Sarah Pekarek and Hannah Margheim both added 10+ digs on defense.
Even with the rough start to the season, the Lady Orediggers are now rolling strong and are currently riding a five game winning streak heading into their next match on Tuesday September 17th at home vs. Colorado Christian University. That game, which starts at 7pm in Lockridge Arena here in Golden, marks the start of conference play for Mines, and will hopefully start the Orediggers run for their second consecutive RMAC volleyball title.
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