Chadron’s Eagles volleyball team remains winless in the RMAC after Friday night’s 25-10, 25-23, 25-19 loss to Colorado Christian University in the Armstrong Gymnasium.
Chadron struggled to fend off CCU’s Aurora, Colo. freshman Ali Weber, who amassed 14 kills on the night. Junior Tija Rudzitis, junior of Nowthen, Minn., also contributed 10 kills. Erika Roybal, freshman of Denver, Colo. led Chadron with nine kills and ten digs.
The Eagles began the match sluggishly, dropping the first game without holding the lead once and tallying a team hitting average of -.042. The second game was more competitive, but the Cougars managed to pull away from a 23-point tie for the win.
Chadron kept pace early in the third game but CCU ultimately rallied to seal their victory.
“I just don’t think we were ready to play” head coach Natasha Marquis said after the game, “We didn’t come to the floor as sharp as we should have.”
Chadron is slated to take on Metropolitan State College of Denver, (19-4, 11-3 RMAC,) and Regis University, Denver (19-6, 10-4 RMAC) on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Both teams are nationally ranked by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Metro State is ranked 10th and Regis sits at 25th.