Eagles win 1 of 3 over weekend

Nikki Kennedy (8), left, sophomore from Parker, Colorado, attempts to block a hit from McKenna Hartigan (17), freshman from Hotchkiss, Colorado. Tuesday during the game against Regis University, Denver, at the Chicoine Center.

The Chadron State women’s volleyball team opened up their conference road schedule with a 3-0 sweep of the Mountaineers of Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, Friday, before being swept by the Mavericks of the University of Colorado Mesa, Alamosa, Saturday. Returning home Tuesday night, the Eagles fought hard but lost to the 11th ranked team in the nation, The Regis Rangers of Denver, Colorado, 3-1.
Friday night, the Eagle’s won in dominate fashion, never trailing until the third and final set. Led by three juniors and one senior, the Eagles improved in every set they played stat wise, winning 25-22, 25-16, and 25-23. Dominika Senkerikova, junior of Uhersky Brod, Czech Republic, and Aijahnae Springs, junior of Converse, Texas, led the team with 10 kills each.
“We were all on the board and having fun Friday, there was a lot of energy on the court,” Senkerikova said. “When we don’t have energy it harder to win.”
Madison Webb, junior of Loveland, Colorado led the team with 26 assists while Emily Bruce, senior of Centerton, Arkansas, had 15 digs to lead the team. All four, Senkerikova, Springs, Webb, and Bruce all had game highs for both teams.
Saturday night was the opposite of Friday night, with the Eagle’s being swept and struggling in all categories, losing 25-13, 25-15, and 25-13. With 15 being the most points scored in a set by Chadron all night, Mesa excelled both offensively and defensively.
While hitting for a set average of .374, the Mavericks had at least four more kills than the Eagle’s in every set, with 11 more in the first. Mackenzie Edwards led the match with 13 kills for the Mavericks.
“We didn’t bring the energy to win on Saturday,” Senkerikova said. “We have the talent to compete with all the teams in the RMAC, when we are playing together as a team and everyone is on the board, we can do anything.”
Senkerikova led the Eagles with eight kills while Webb had 14 assists and Bruce had 10 digs.
Tuesday, inconsistencies and errors hurt the Eagles against the 11th ranked team in the nation, losing 31-29, 11-25, 20-25, and 19-25.
The Eagle’s looked like a nationally ranked team themselves in set one, outhitting the Rangers and having three more kills. They fought of three set points for the Rangers before finally getting the victory on their own third set point.
Set three the Eagles hit .406% for their highest kill percentage of the night, but a .515% for the Rangers was too much for the Eagles to overcome.
In sets two and four, the Eagles hit for negative attack percentages in the losses.
“Last night was a good turning point for our team even without the label of a win,” Ashton Burditt, sophomore of Spearfish, South Dakota, said. “When we develop the skill of consistency is when our success will come into play.”
The Eagles were led by Gaby Varela, senior of Dorado, Puerto Rico, with 13 kills. Senkerikova and Springs both had 12.
Webb once again led in assists with 39 while Bruce led in digs with 18.
Kelsey Green, sophomore of Elkhorn, and Silvia Basso, sophomore of Pordenone, Italy, had match highs for the Rangers with 19 kills and 44 assists respectively.
The Eagles are visiting the Griffins of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah, tomorrow before returning home to face the Yellow Jackets of Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, Oct. 6, and the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers of Rapid City, South Dakota, Oct. 7.
“This Friday is an exciting trip for us,” Burditt said. “We are ready to allow the development to continue and start making a presence in the RMAC.”

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