The CSC Eagles fell three sets to two during their home opener against Colorado Christian University, Saturday, after an energetic fourth set Eagle’s win sent the match to a fifth.
After falling behind 5-2 to the Cougars, Chadron closed the gap 5-7 before a six point rally put them ahead 11-7. It was the last lead Chadron would need as they battled to a 25-17 win and forced a fifth set.
“There was a lot of energy going into the fifth set,” said Head Coach Riann Mullis after the game. “We had the momentum because we had earned that back.”
Unfortunately, the Eagles were unable to keep momentum in the fifth set, falling 6-1 after scoring the first point. A pair of three point rallies mid-set brought the Eagles within four points, but with the score 8-12 Colorado Christian would go on to seal the match win 15-8.
The Eagles started strong a with 24-17 first set win over the Cougars, but a contentious second set ended in a 25-23 loss and Colorado cruised to a 25-15 victory in the third to put the Eagles desperate for a win in the fourth.
Cougars senior Kylee Wurster, of Lincoln, named preseason RMAC setter of the year, led her Colorado team with a double-double (47 assists, 14 digs).
Chadron’s Madison Webb, senior of Loveland, Colorado, had a double-double of her own contributing 37 assists and 12 digs.
Junior Shelby Schouten, of Alton, Iowa, and redshirt freshman Chandler Hageman of Chadron, led the Eagles in kills, Schouten with 13 and Hageman with 11.
Hageman also contributed six blocks, four of which were solo, and was credited with 16 points.
Friday, the Eagles were swept in three sets by nationally-ranked Regis, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20.
Despite the home losses, Mullis was happy with her team’s effort.
“I think we took a large step forward,” Mullis said. “(Friday night) we played a top-20 team that finished eighth in the nation last year, and we played well.”
Similarly, Mullis believes her team could have easily won against Colorado Christian, a top-five RMAC team.
“Everybody just wants to look at the wins and losses, but it’s not that black and white,” Mullis said.
According to Mullis, the team took a step forward during this past weekend’s matches.
“It stinks because it’s two more losses,” Mullis said, “but at the same time if you look beyond these losses, it’s so much more than that.”
The 2-10 Eagles will play 9-4 Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, Tuesday. The Mavericks are 4-1 among conference opponents and ranked third in RMAC standings.