The Colorado Mines and Colorado Christian volleyball teams demonstrated why they are among the RMAC elite last weekend while sweeping past the Eagles in the Chicoine Center.
Both teams are tall, hit extremely well and also out-blocked the Eagles by a wide margin.
Mines, now 19-4 overall and 13-1 in the conference, won Friday night’s match 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 and Christian, 14-9 for the season and 11-3 in the RMAC, prevailed 25-15, 25-16, 25-22.
The Eagles are 8-15 and 5-9.
The Orediggers had four players rack up 38 kills and have only four hitting errors while leading their team to a .394 hitting percentage. The Eagles got a similar performance from Dominika Senkerivoka, who had eight kills and only one miscue for a .438 percentage, but overall the Eagles hit .184.
The good news for Mines’ opponents is that three of the four hitting leaders are seniors. The visitors also totaled six blocks; CSC only one.
Colorado Christian finished with a .343 hitting figure and the Eagles .130. The Cougars’ Cali Bahnsen, a sophomore, and Sophia Proano, a senior, paced their team, combining for 25 kills and two hitting errors. Christian had eight blocks and CSC three.
Sophomore Timmi Keisel had six kills and two miscues in 13 attempts for a .308 figure to lead the Eagles at the net.
To the Eagles’ credit, they had just eight service errors compared to the Colorado teams’ 17,
Last weekend’s action ended the Eagles’ home schedule. They will visit South Dakota Mines on Friday night and Black Hills State on Saturday night before concluding the season Nov. 10 and 11 by playing Christian and Mines, in that order, in the Denver area.
This weekend, Chadron State will be striving to duplicate the sweep it accomplished over the Hardrockers and Yellow Jackets in Chadron in early October. Mines is 3-21 overall and 1-12 in the conference. Black Hills is 10-13 and 7-7.