The No. 18 Colorado School of Mines volleyball team started their three game road trip at CSU-Pueblo on October 10 and at Adams State in Alamosa on October 11, winning both matches.
Mines beat CSUP in straight sets, 3-0. Mines jumped out to an early lead in the first set, and eventually held a 10 point advantage at 17-7. CSU-Pueblo would fight back to within three at 24-21, but Mines scored the set point on a service error by CSUP to take the first set 25-21.
The second set was another closely contested affair, with neither team having more than a five point advantage throughout the match and early on, both teams saw fit to trade points, but the Orediggers finally closed the set out to win the second set 25-22. The Third and final set of the night was again close. CSU-Pueblo jumped out to an early 3-0 and later 6-3 lead, but Mines tied it up and both teams traded a few points before mines took a 10-9 lead and won seven of the next eight points to lead 16-10 before grinding out the 25-21 set victory.
Sarah Pekarek lead the Orediggers with 11 kills on a .200 kill (attack) percentage and added four digs. Alanna Winfield and Melanie Wannamaker both recorded eight kills, and Wannamaker added four blocks and five service aces. Ashlyn Eitemiller (4 kills) and Samantha Fischer (3 kills) both added four blocks. Hannah Margheim led the team with 11 digs and Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood recorded 10 digs and 29 assists. As a team, Mines recorded a .122 kill percentage and managed only 32 total assists.
The second game in as many nights was more exciting. Mines (13-4, 7-1 RMAC) defeated home-team Adams State (6-9, 4-3 RMAC) three sets to two. The first set, while close early, saw the Orediggers take a 12 point lead before coasting to a 26-16 first set victory.
The second set was back and forth the whole match with neither team gaining more than a two point cushion. Adams State won the final two points of the match to capture a 23-25 set victory and tie the match up at one set apiece. The third set was again close, but Mines managed to win 25-19 for the 2-1 set advantage. However, Adams State would not be closed out early winning the fourth set 21-25 to tie the match up 2-2. The decisive fifth set was close early, but Mines managed to take seven of the final eight points for the 15-7 set and match victory.
Alanna Winfield led the team with 21 kills on a .381 attack percentage and also added three blocks. Sarah Pekarek had 18 kills on a .222 attack percentage and added nine digs and two service aces. Melanie Wannamaker had 14 kills (.195 attack percentage) and three aces. Danielle Johnson- Hazlewood almost doubled her assist total from the previous night with 50 assists and also added two blocks and 10 digs. Hannah Margheim led the team with 17 digs and had five assists, Taryn Huber added eight digs, and Samantha Fischer tallied eight kills. As a team, Mines had a .241 attack percentage and held Adams State to a .181 attack percentage.
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