Volleyball dominates after rough start to season

With four games on the docket between Friday and Saturday, the nineteenth ranked Colorado School of Mines’ Volleyball team looked to put their rough first weekend of games behind them. With contests against Western Oregon University and Texas Woman’s on Friday, the Orediggers were looking to gain momentum going into Saturday’s showdown with No. 22 Central Washington. Winning both matches by a score of three sets to zero, the ladies from Mines did so in convincing and record breaking style.

In the first match, Mines handily beat Western Oregon 3-0 by scores of 25-21, 25-16, and 25-15. The first set was the closest of the three sets. Both teams saw fit to trade points back and forth for much of the set, with neither team taking more than a four point lead. With both teams tied at 18 apiece, Mines scored the next two points and seven of the next ten points to separate themselves from WOU and take the ones set lead.

The second set was all Mines. With the score 5-6, Mines went on a six point run to take a 5-12 lead and never looked back. The Orediggers won the second set 25-16 and kept their momentum heading into the third set. After an 8-8 start, Mines soon jumped out to an 18-11 lead and coasted to the 25-15 win in the final set to take the match and improve to 2-3 on the season.

The Orediggers were led by a record 16 kills from freshman Alanna Winfield, who had a kill percentage of .800 and needed only 20 attacks to nab her record breaking 16 kills. Melanie Wannamaker recorded 13 kills with a .426 attack percentage, Sarah Pekarek notched 10 kills and 11 digs for the Orediggers, Hannah Margheim provided 21 digs to lead the team, and Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood led the team with 42 assists and added eight digs. Samantha Fischer led the team with two blocks, and as a unit, the Orediggers had an attack percentage of .330 and recorded 60 total digs.

Their second match of the night was much like the first. Mines beat Texas Women’s 3-0 by scores of 28-26, 25-13, and 25-21 to win their third match in a row. The Orediggers held Texas Women’s to a staggeringly low attack percentage of .075 and saw a well rounded effort in their victory.

For much of the first set, Mines was playing catch-up. Texas Women’s lead 24-21 and needed only one more point to steal the first set, but Mines fought back and tied the match up at 24 and again at 26 before scoring the final two points to take the first set.

The second set was a dominating performance by the Orediggers who went on a six point run with the score 8-7 en route to a 25-13 set victory and a 2-0 set advantage. The third set was closer than the third, at one point Texas Women’s lead 15-14, but Mines pulled ahead and closed out the third and final set 25-21.

Wannamaker and Winfield both recorded 12 kills to lead the team and Johnson-Hazlewood again recorded 42 assists to lead the team and added 12 digs of her own. Taryn Huber recorded 17 digs and Samantha Fischer recorded four blocks, to lead the team. While Abby Reuland added 10 kills, Margheim added nine digs, and Pekarek added eight kills. As a team, Mines recorded 51 digs, 46 assists, and a kill percentage of .231.


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