Eagles earn clean sweep of South Dakota rivals

The Eagle volleyball team brought home two wins from their double header this weekend, moving its record to 10-15.
On Friday, they played the South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, winning in straight sets.
All three sets were competitive, the first ending at 25-20, the second was 25-21, and the last set ending the match, 25-23. Aijahnae Springs, junior of Converse, Texas, led the team offensively with 12 kills. Gaby Varela, senior of Dorado, Puerto Rico, led defensively with six blocks.
“I think we are going to finish off the season really strong,” Springs said. “Everybody is giving everything they got to finish off the season the right way. We are all playing for each other, and that’s all we need.”
Madison Webb, junior of Loveland, Colorado, added 34 assists, and Emily Bruce, senior of Centerton, Arkansas, with 29 digs.
On Saturday, the team beat Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, in four sets. The Eagles split the first two, winning the first 25-18, but losing the second 25-23.
The Eagles stormed back after the intermission, taking the third set 25-16 and the last set 25-19. Varela lead the team’s kills with 39. Bruce lead the team’s aces with two and digs with 36.
Bruce was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week, averaging more than nine digs per set throughout the weekend.
The team finishes the regular season this weekend in Colorado taking on Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, Friday at 7 p.m. and Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Saturday at 5 p.m.
Both matches will be tough for the Eagles, with Colorado Mines holding the No. 2 spot in conference standings, and Colorado Christian at No. 4. CSM is riding a three-game winning streak, while CCU is fresh off a loss to CSM, Tuesday in four sets.
CSC is right on the edge of the RMAC tournament, coming at the No. 9 spot, right behind Black Hills State, despite beating them twice this season. The conference’s top eight teams earn a bid to the postseason.

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