Eagles lose in 5 sets to Westminster

The CSC women’s volleyball team suffered a frustrating 3-2 loss Friday evening against the Griffins of Westminster College at the Behnken Field House in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Eagles were off to a great start and took a match lead of 2-0 over their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe. The Griffins came out on top in the final three sets to secure the comeback victory over the Eagles in five sets (25-23, 32-30, 19-25, 17-25, and 10-15). The loss puts the Eagles record at 4-10, 1-5 in the RMAC.
“The first two games of our match, we did really well, but after halftime, we didn’t finish and execute when we needed to, but that’s something we are working on this week,” Timmi Keisel, sophomore of Fleming, Colorado, said.
The teams were fairly evenly matched in kills. The Griffins held a slight edge in this category 73-72. Dominika Senkerikova, junior of Uherksy Brod, Czech Republic, led the Eagles with 19 kills in the match. Gaby Varela, senior of Dorado, Puerto Rico, and Aijahnae Springs, junior of Converse, Texas, had 15 and 14 kills, respectively.
Madison Webb, junior of Loveland, Colorado, averaged 13 assists per set, totaling 65 assists on the night, equaling the Griffins total number of assists.
The Eagles had 73 digs while the Griffins had 64. Emily Bruce, senior of Centerton, Arkansas, topped the stat line in this category for both teams with 27 digs in the match. Webb had 13 digs and Ashton Burditt, sophomore of Spearfish, South Dakota, added 10 digs of her own.
The Eagles had 10 blocks, a season high, compared to Westminster’s 14. McKenna Hartigan, freshman of Hotchkiss, Colorado, paced the Eagles with 5 blocks, Webb with 4, and Keisel added three.
CSC will attempt to get back on track this weekend with two home conference matches. The Eagles will host Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, Friday night and South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, South Dakota, at the Chicoine Center, Saturday.
“Black Hills is a good team, so we’re very excited to play them on our home court and implement everything we’ve been working on,” Keisel said.

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