Volleyball team struggles in final home weekend

Madison Webb (11), junior of Loveland, Colorado, plays the ball at the net, Friday against Colorado School of Mines’ Janice Jin (14), junior of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The CSC volleyball team is focusing on progression after being swept at home Friday and Saturday. The Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, Golden, defeated the Eagles on Friday night and the Colorado Christian University Cougars, Lakewood, came in Saturday and beat the Eagles in three sets.
Seniors Emily Bruce of Centerton, Arkansas, and Gaby Varela of Dorado, Puerto Rico, were honored during Saturday’s Senior Night celebration.
The Eagles lost in three sets to Colorado Mines on Friday night. The Eagles posted 32 digs at the end of the night, with Bruce leading the team at 14. The Orediggers posted 43 digs and LaRose Currie, senior from Minturn, Colorado, led the team with 12.
The Eagles recorded their worst attack percentage of the night in the first set, .093 while the Orediggers scored their best attack percentage of the night, .433. The Eagles struggled with errors, recording seven, the most of either team during the match. The Orediggers won the first set 25-15. The second set showed improvement for the Eagles, with an attack percentage of .111. The Orediggers posted their worst attack percentage for the match, a .375. The Eagles lost the second set 25-16. The Eagles played their best volleyball of the night in the third set, posting 16 kills with an attack percentage of .363. Ultimately the Orediggers took the third set 25-22.
“Dominika Senkerikova played the best she’s played in a CSC jersey on Friday,” Head Coach Riann Mullis said.
Senkerikova, junior of Uhersky Brod, Czech Republic, tallied eight kills and only one error.
Mullis also said the team played well against a tough team and they tried to carry that mindset over into Saturday’s game against Colorado Christian University.
The Eagles posted 32 kills in Saturday’s loss to the Cougars. Varela led the Eagles with nine kills. The Cougars posted 42 kills with Sophomore Cali Bahnsen, of Greeley, Colorado, leading the team with 14 kills. The Eagles struggled with errors throughout the night. Their overall attack percentage for the match was .130 to the Cougars .343. The Eagle lost the first set 25-21, posting 12 kills and six errors. The Cougars posted 16 kills and three errors and an attack percentage of .371.
The second set went to the Cougars with a score of 25-20. The Eagles trailed closely behind the Cougars throughout the set, only letting a few points go unanswered. The Eagles posted an attack percentage of .159 with 14 kills and seven errors. The Cougars posted their worst attack percentage of the night, .175 with 10 kills and three errors.
The third and final set of the match proved difficult for the Eagles, who posted an attack percentage of .037, their worst of the weekend. The Cougars came out with an attack percentage of .556, their best of the night, posting 16 kills and only one error. The Eagles lost the set 25-12 and were swept by the Cougars 3-0.
“We just have to get better,” Mullis said.
The Eagles hope to end the season better than they started and improve all around. The Eagles have an 8-15 record and 5-9 in RMAC. The Eagles are No. 10 in conference standings.
The Eagles are away this weekend, taking on the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, South Dakota, Friday night; then traveling to Spearfish, South Dakota to battle Black Hills State University on Saturday.

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