The 18th-ranked Lady Orediggers volleyball team took to the court twice this weekend to defend their place atop the RMAC volleyball standings, and came away with two decisive victories.
Friday night’s matchup put Mines against a tough Colorado Mesa team with the top spot in the RMAC on the line. Mines did not get off to the start they had hoped for, suffering a hard-fought 23-25 loss in the first game of the match in which neither team ever led by more than three points. However, game number two saw momentum start to shift to the Orediggers’ favor, as they overcame an early 0-2 deficit to win comfortably 25-19. That momentum hit its peak in the third game, as CSM rode a streak of nine straight points in the middle of the game to prevail 25-16. With a 2-1 lead in the match, the Orediggers went into the final game full of confidence, and it showed in the 25-14 final score.
After handing Mesa their second RMAC loss of the season, CSM sat alone atop the conference standings going into Saturday’s match against Fort Lewis. Mines picked up right where they left off with Colorado Mesa, completely dominating the first game 25-13. Though not in as commanding a fashion, the Orediggers soundly took down Fort Lewis 25-19 in the second game and 25-18 in the final game. The entire match took little more than an hour to complete.
Both wins came from strong offensive contributions from Melanie Wannamaker (35 total kills across both games), Alanna Winfield (26 kills), Sarah Pekarek (27 kills), and Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood (88 assists). In addition, a fantastic defensive showing was put on by Hannah Margheim, who tallied 34 digs over the weekend (including 22 in the Colorado Mesa match).
The Lady Orediggers will try to keep their current nine match winning streak going strong next weekend here in Golden as they host Western New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands. The WNM game begins at 7pm on Friday, October 25th in Lockridge Arena and the NMH game starts at 5pm on Saturday the 26th.