Eagles split weekend at home
The Eagles grounded the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks in a swift three-set win at the Chicoine Center Friday, but couldn’t complete the weekend, falling to Adams State University, in three sets, Saturday. CSC is now 5-14, with a 4-6 RMAC record.
Starting the game with a win in the first set, 25-19, the Eagles continued the winning momentum with a 25-13 second set. The Eagles completed a three-set sweep for a final set score of 25-20.
Outside hitters Rudy Leasau, senior of LaMesa, California, and Gaby Varela, junior of Dorado, Puerto Rico, contributed 13 kills each. Eight kills were also scored by middle hitters Kenzie Chrisman, sophomore of Sterling, Colorado, and Alia Brennan, senior of Chadron. Brennan marked career and team high hitting percentage of .636 with only one hitting error.
Head Coach Riann Mullis said setter Madison Webb, sophomore of Loveland, Colorado, was the key player of game.
“Last night put her over the edge of being a successful player,” Mullis said.
Webb led the team with 38 assists, 15 digs and helped with 48 attacks. Webb averaged 12.7 assists per set, 16 were in the third set.
Players also contributing digs were libero Emily Bruce, junior of Centerton, Arkansas, logging 13, Varela, 10, and Leasau, nine. The remaining six team assists came from Bruce logging five and one from freshman setter Ashton Burditt, of Spearfish, South Dakota.
Chrisman, who blocked the third set match-point, lead the game with five blocks. Other lead blockers were Varela, 3, and both Leasau and Brennan with two apiece.
Key points according to Coach Mullis were the team’s energy and consistency throughout the game.
“It’s a mentality. It’s important to remember how good it felt and use it to fuel another win,” Mullis said.
The Eagles lost to the Adams State University Grizzlies in three sets Saturday at the Chicoine Center. During the first and third sets, the Eagles remained within two or three points of the Grizzlies at most times, making for an exciting game, while in the second set there was a more significant distance in scores.
In the first set, CSC lost to the Grizzlies 25-23. Both teams started out strong, with the Grizzlies eventually taking a lead that continued throughout most of the set, with the Eagles never far behind. Chrisman, and Brennan, posted one block and one kill each during this time, while Leasau, marked four kills, and Varela, totaled one block and five kills.
The second set showed the Grizzlies in a more decided lead over the Eagles, with an eventual ending score of 25-17 in favor of the Grizzlies. During this set, Brennan recorded another block and another kill, bringing her totals up to two apiece, and Leasau scored another two kills, bringing her total kills to six. Varela killed another five, for a total of 10, while Dacia Stuhr, sophomore of York, smashed one down.
During the third and final set, the Eagles and the Grizzlies remained within one or two points of each other for much of the game, with the Grizzlies eventually gaining a lead. Chrisman killed two more during this set, bringing her kills to three, while Brennan recorded two more blocks and three more kills, ending the game with four blocks and five kills across all three sets.
Varela blocked once more, for a total of two blocks for the three sets, and three more kills, for a final count of 13. Stephanie Wilson, senior of Albuquerque, New Mexico, ended set three with three kills.
CSC will head south to play New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, and Colorado State University-Pueblo, Friday and Saturday. First serve for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.