No. 2 MSU Denver Downs Eagles In Three Sets

Photo Courtesy/Brock Voth/CSC Sports Information)

The Chadron State College volleyball team lost on Friday night to No. 2 MSU Denver in three sets (16-25, 25-27, 17-25) at the Chicoine Center. The Eagles fell to 7-11, and 5-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The Eagles were able to hang around with the high-powered Roadrunners early, at 5-5 in the first set. MSUD was able to pull away from CSC with a 11-2 run, and the two points for the Eagles were service errors by the Roadrunners. The Eagles bounced back and closed it to 17-13, off a service ace from Fago, but MSUD was able to recapture the momentum and finish the set on a kill from Kaylee Corsentino.

The second set opened up much like the first one, and the Eagles hung on and kept it close throughout. MSUD largest lead was seven. With their backs against the wall, the Eagles were able to crawl back from a 13-20 deficit and tie the game at 24. The Eagles took the lead and set point on a Fujiyama kill, but MSUD scored the next three points to go up 27-25 in the match.

The Eagles opened the third set competitively as well, trailing by only one point at 6-5. CSC was able to stay with MSU Denver up until 19-17, following an ace from West, but the Roadrunners explosive offense took advantage and scored the final six points to win the match.

The Eagles offensive attack was led by junior Lexi Hurtado with nine kills, with sophomore Amber Harvey recording eight. The Eagles totaled 24 kills on the night with a .124 hitting percentage. Out of the three sets played, the Eagles best hitting percentage was .179 in the third set.

Defensively, sophomore Aiyana Fujiyama and freshman Bella Adams totaled three total blocks each, with CSC totaling six team blocks.

The Eagles had a total of 40 digs, with sophomore Mayson Fago getting 13, and junior Rylee Greiman pitching in for nine. Freshman libero Kiera Alfred had seven to add to the total.

Chadron will host Colorado Christian on Saturday, October 8 at the Chicoine Center at 6 p.m. for Pink Out night to bring awareness to breast cancer patients and survivors.