Lady Orediggers work to defend the top spot

This weekend saw the Lady Oredigger Volleyball team take on two tough RMAC opponents in Regis and Metro State. Mines took care of business in straight sets against Regis on Friday night, but faced much more of a test against Metro on Saturday.

Despite winning in straight games against Regis on Friday, each game was highly contested and close. The first game saw CSM take the early lead 8-5, but Regis came back and led most of the match, including as much as 19-15 at one point. However, Mines mounted their own comeback, and tied the game several times, including at 22, 23, and 24. A late kill by Melanie Wannamaker and a late block by Alanna Winfield gave the Orediggers the 26-24 game win and 1-0 match lead.

Regis once again jumped out to a lead, this time to 9-6, causing Mines to have to try to come from behind. After fighting back to tie the game at 18 apiece, the Orediggers were able to pull away for the 25-20 win. The third and final game saw Regis once again take the early lead, 5-1 in this case, but CSM was once again able to respond, mounting another comeback to take the game 25-22 and the match 3-0.

Saturday’s match against Metro State was every bit as difficult, as the Orediggers were pushed to their limits in a five-set thriller. The first game saw things go really smoothly for Mines, as they won by a convincing 25-14 margin. The second game saw Metro State put up more of a fight, but Mines was still able to prevail 25-23. Needing only one more game to seal the match, Mines’ third win of the night was by far the most difficult to come by. Game number three seemed to be in CSM’s control, until Metro State ended on five-point run and took the game 25-21. Metro kept their momentum rolling into the fourth game, racing out to the early 9-5 lead, but Mines was able to fight back and tie the game up late at 25 apiece. Metro was able to force the decisive fifth game by winning two of the next three points, taking the game 28-26.

The match appeared in jeopardy early when Metro State raced out to a 3-0 lead, but the Orediggers didn’t give in. Even after fighting back to a 9-9 tie and falling behind again 13-10, Mines kept on fighting and prevailed in the end 18-16, taking the match 3-2 and upping their conference record to 16-1 on the year.

The Lady Orediggers only have two more matches left before postseason play begins, and those are on Tuesday, November 12th at Colorado Christian and here in Golden against UCCS on Friday, November 15th. Both of those games begin at 7pm, and Mines will look to win them both and potentially carry a 17-match winning streak into the RMAC tournament.

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