The Chadron State College volleyball team prepares to face their first pod of the season this Saturday, Feb. 6. They will first play host to CSU-Pueblo at 11 a.m. on Saturday and then face Colorado Mesa later that day at 5 p.m.
Due to RMAC policy, the first two games of the day, CSC vs. CSU-P and CSU-P vs. CMU, will not be played in front of fans. Fans will be permitted to attend the CSC vs. CMU game, with the Chicoine Center opening at 4:30 p.m.
With a 1-1 conference record, CSU-Pueblo looks to be a worthy matchup for the Eagles. Offensively, the ThunderWolves boast 106 kills between their first two games, with 21 of them coming from senior Maddy Wisniewski.
Defensively, Pueblo is averaging 13.2 digs pers set on the season and averaging 2.28 blocks per set. Payton Stack, a senior from Casper, Wyo., currently leads her team with 15 blocks (2.30 BLK/S) on the season and sits tied for first among all Division-II volleyball players for total blocks.
CSU-Pueblo is coached by Austin Albers who began coaching for the ThunderWolves in 2018. He brought them up to a 14-14 record in the 2019 season, improving upon a 4-22 record the season prior. Prior to Pueblo, Albers was at Laramie County Community College, where he was a coaching rival of CSC Head Volleyball Coach Jen Stadler at Sheridan College.
Colorado Mesa currently sits atop the RMAC rankings with a perfect 4-0 record.
The Mavericks are averaging 14.3 kills per set. Offensive leaders for CMU are senior Maddi Foutz with 36 kills (3.00 K/S), junior Holly Schmidt with 32 (2.67 K/S), and freshman Gabrielle Vogt with 31 (2.58 K/S). Because of these numbers, all three of them are ranked in the top ten of all Division-II players.
Defensively, Colorado Mesa averages 16.67 digs per set with 200 total on the season in their four matches thus far.
Junior Emily Tucker, senior Maddi Foutz, and junior Holly Schmidt total 120 of the 200 digs with 42 (3.50 DIG/S), 40 (3.33), and 38 (3.17) digs respectively- an average of 10.00 DIG/S. Sophomore Haley Hahn has 9.0 blocks.
Sabrina VanDeList leads her team with 71 assists, 5.92 per set. Emily tucker boasts 10 services aces.
Eagles’ Olivia Moten-Schell leads with 18 kills (2.57 K/S) while Kelly Breshawna has 48 assists (6.86 per set) to her name. Karli Noble has four service aces and 27 digs (3.86 DIGS/S) while Rhiannon Nez holds 8.0 blocks, the highest on the team.