Volleyball team loses 2 at home

The Chadron State women’s volleyball team struggled last Friday and Saturday night in their home openers, losing to the Mountain Lions of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in straight sets Friday night before losing in four sets to the Metro State University of Denver Roadrunners Saturday.
“Last weekend we came out pretty weak against UCCS and it wasn’t our team,” Karli Noble, freshman of Cheyenne, Wyoming, said. “The next night against Metro coach told us to consistently compete and worry about our side of the net and that is what we did.”
Friday night the Eagles worst attack percentage of the season doomed them from the beginning. Hitting negative .10 % compared to the Mountain Lions .348% resulted in a 25-10 first set loss.
While the Eagle’s improved their attack percentage and had eight more kills in set two, the Mountain Lions improved their percentage to .360 and had three less errors than in set one to win 25-15.
Set three resulted in the Mountain Lions attack percentage falling to .121 and both teams committing seven attack errors, but UCCS was able to win 25-17. The Eagles tied the set at 15 after a Timmi Keisel, redshirt sophomore of Fleming, Colorado, kill but the Mountain Lions answered by scoring 10 of the next 12 points.
Taylor Hamilton, senior of Denver, Colorado, and Taylor Smith, sophomore of Littleton, Colorado, led the match with nine kills each for the Mountain Lions. Dominika Senkerikova, junior of Uhersky Brod, Czech Republic, and Keisel each had eight for Chadron, while Emily Bruce, senior of Centerton, Arkansas had 15 digs and Mickey Trimble, junior of Platte City, Missouri, had 15 assists.
Raelynn Edge, redshirt freshman of Albuquerque, New Mexico, had 29 assists for the Mountain Lions and Natasha Habert, senior of Littleton, Colorado, accounted for 21 digs. The Eagle’s didn’t record a block compared to UCCS’s seven.
Inconsistencies killed the Eagle’s Saturday night. Despite a strong second set, struggles in the remaining sets stunted the Eagle’s chances of winning.
Once again starting off slow, both offensively and defensively, the Roadrunners out-hit the Eagle’s .435 percent to .043 percent, leading to a 25-17 first set victory.
In the second set, the Eagle’s perhaps played one of their best sets all season. Hitting .370 percent, having 13 kills, and scoring the last three points of the set, the Eagles won their only set of the weekend, 25-22.
Still carrying the momentum from the second set, Chadron kept the score close before the Roadrunners went on a run. After a kill by Keisel to make the score 15-14 in Metro’s favor, the Roadrunners scored 10 of the next 11 points to win set three 25-15.
A poor attack percentage and strong offense from Metro once again hurt the Eagles in set four. Despite having their worst attack percentage of the match, the Roadrunners won set four 25-16 to win the match.
“We did a lot better Saturday and we could walk away from the weekend proud,” Noble said.
Santaisha Sturges, junior of Parker, Colorado, had 14 kills for the Roadrunners while Vasati Fiatoa, senior of Las Vegas, Nevada had 11. Aijahnae Springs, junior of Converse, Texas, had 11 for the Eagles followed behind by McKenna Hartigan, freshman of Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Keisel who each had six.
Madison Webb, junior of Loveland, Colorado, and Bruce had 15 assists and digs each respectively. Alyssa Svalberg, senior of Aurora, Colorado, had an outstanding 45 assists for the Roadrunners.
The Eagles are on the road again this weekend, visiting the Western State Mountaineers of Gunnison, Colorado, Friday, before playing the Mavericks of Colorado Mesa University at Grand Junction, Saturday. The team then returns home to face Regis University of Denver on Tuesday, September 26th.
“This coming weekend I hope that we come out strong and are able to come back with some wins,” Noble said. “We are sticking to our system, improving our defense/serve receive and out of system ball handling.”

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