Volleyball team moves to 8-13, 5-7 in RMAC

Three points separated the CSC volleyball team from a two-win weekend at home. The Eagles narrowly lost to New Mexico Highland University, Las Vegas, in five sets on Friday, with a 15 to 12 score in favor of the Cowgirls in the final set. The Eagles beat the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Saturday, in four sets.
The Cowgirls came out on top in a close match with both teams having over 50 kills. Gaby Varela, senior from Dorado, Puerto Rico, tallied 22 kills, leading the Eagles. NMHU’s Tiffany Matchet, junior from Lancaster, California, led her team with 14 kills.
The Eagles lost the first set 25-22, with an attack percentage of .250 to the Cowgirls .353. The second set went to the Eagles, who won 25-23 and had their second-best attack percentage of the night, .312. The Eagles dominated in the third set, winning 25-15. The Eagles had 12 kills with 1 error and an attack percentage of .500, their best of the night.
The fourth set proved difficult for the Eagles, with the Cowgirls winning 25-17. The Eagles had their worst attack percentage of the night and of the weekend, with a negative .086. 14 errors, the most of the night for either team, proved to be too much to overcome for the Eagles.
The Cowgirls’ win in the fourth set sent the match to a fifth and final set. Both teams fought hard in the fifth set, but in the end the eight errors for the Eagles helped the Cowgirls win 15-12 and take the match.
“The feeling of losing and recognizing that and knowing we didn’t want to be comfortable with that,” Mckenna Hartigan, freshman from Hotchkiss, Colorado, said about the game Friday and how it helped get the win Saturday. In possibly their best performance of the season, the Eagles recovered from their Friday night loss with a four set win over CSU-Pueblo.
“We had a couple of us play the best games we’ve played all season, and set some school records,” Emily Bruce, senior of Centerton, Arkansas said.
While hitting for their best single match attack percentage as a team all season, the Eagles recovered from a first set loss, to beat the ThunderWolves 25-27, 25-14, 25-23, and 25-15.
After being outhit and having eight attack errors compared to the ThunderWolves two in the first set, the Eagles answered with their best volleyball in recent memory.
Bruce finished with 31 digs for an average of 7.75 per set. Her 31 digs is the most digs an Eagle has had since rally scoring began in 2008.
Hartigan accounted for 11 kills with an outstanding .733 attack percentage. Her .733 attack percentage is the second best in the RMAC this season and would be third in CSC record books if the minimum criteria of 12 kills was met.
Madison Webb, junior of Loveland, Colorado, had her second highest assist total of the season with 55. Her high of 65 came in five sets against Westminster in September.
Varela added 17 kills, along with 11 digs, for her second double-double in a row. Along with Varela and Hartigan, Aijahnae Springs, junior of Converse, Texas, and Timmi Keisel, redshirt sophomore of Fleming, Colorado, each had double digit kills with 12 and 10, respectively.
“We played really well this past weekend which is exciting going into this upcoming weekend,” Bruce said. “We have a really good opportunity to beat some good teams.”
The Eagles are home again this weekend, as the host to Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Friday night, and the Colorado Christian University Cougars of Lakewood, Saturday night.
“Colorado Christian and Mines will be pretty tough teams, but I think we’ll respond to that” Hartigan said.

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