The 18th-ranked Lady Oredigger volleyball team went on the road to Western State to take on the Mountaineers Saturday night and left with a convincing straight-set win.
The Mountaineers took a quick 2-0 lead in the first game of the night, but Mines responded with five unanswered points. That three-point deficit would be as close as Western State would get to CSM in the opening game, as the Orediggers cruised to a 25-14 win to take the 1-0 overall lead.
Game number two would present a much tighter contest, as the Mountaineers raced out to the early 5-1 lead. Mines fought back to even the game at nine apiece and even took a decent four-point lead at 15-11, but the Mountaineers would not go down quietly. After a Western State run tied it up at 15-15, no team ever possessed more than a two-point lead the rest of the game. Numerous lead changes later, the game stood knotted up at 24 each, and it appeared as though either team could pull out the win. Fortunately, two clutch kills by Melanie Wannamaker and Sarah Pekarek gave Mines the 26-24 game win and the 2-0 set lead.
All-American Melanie Wannamaker led the Orediggers offensively with 17 kills, in addition to Sarah Pekarek’s 13 and Alanna Winfield’s 11. Defensively, this win was a complete team effort, with seven different CSM players recording three or more digs. Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood recorded a stellar 41 of Mines’ 47 total team assists as well.
The Orediggers will return home to Golden this weekend to take on Colorado Mesa on Friday, October 18th and Fort Lewis on Saturday the 19th. Friday’s contest kicks off at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s is at 5 p.m., both in Lockridge Arena.