CSC Volleyball On The Road For Last RMAC Match

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The Chadron State College women’s volleyball team is on the road for its last season match of 2020. The Eagles (4-9 overall, 3-8 RMAC) will face the South Dakota Mines Hardrockers (4-9 overall, 4-7 RMAC) at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Both teams come into the match with the same overall record, but the Hardrockers have the conference record advantage as well as ranking ninth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, in comparison to the Eagles, at twelfth.

Nonetheless, the Eagles have a veteran advantage with two seniors and five juniors whereas the home team is primarily comprised of nine sophomores, three juniors and no seniors on the squad.

Additionally, CSC swept SDM when the teams played a non-conference match earlier in the season 25-18, 28-26, and 25-17. It was the Eagles’ first win of the season.

In the fifty sets the Hardrockers have played thus far, they have earned 568 kills but have allowed their opponents to earn 615. Of the 568 kills for South Dakota Mines, sophomore Jacey Koethe of West Des Moines, Iowa, commands 138 of them.

Koethe is also her team’s leader in total blocks at 53 with an average of 1.06 blocks per set.

Another sophomore, Anna Thomas of Fort Worth, Texas, has the most digs on the season with 199. Her best game in 2020 was against Montana State- Billings where she had 27 digs in the five sets.

The Eagle offense, still being led by sophomore Lexi Hurtado with 105 kills, saw help from freshman Olivia Moten-Schell and junior Amelia Berg in the last match against Colorado Christian as the pair had six and five kills respectively. Hurtado led the match with nine.

In the first matchup of these teams earlier in the season, Hurtado and Moten-Schell each had 12 kills while senior Chandler Hageman had seven. Junior Breshawna Kelly also supplied 34 assists in the win, averaging a season-best 11.3 per set.

The Eagle defense held the Hardrockers to three sets in the previous matchup with help from freshman hitter Rhiannon Nez who led the match in blocks with five and from senior libero Karli Noble who had 16 digs.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships are set to begin on Thursday, Apr. 8 and run through Sunday, Apr. 11. The times and matchups have yet to be announced.

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