The Chadron State College volleyball team is set to play Adams State and Colorado School of Mines on Sunday, March 7 in Golden, Colo. as part of a weekend Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference pod. The first match will be against the Grizzlies at 2 p.m. and match two will be against the Orediggers at 5 p.m.
ASU (0-7, 0-6 RMAC) is still in search of its first win of the season. The team from Alamosa is a relatively young one, with over half of the players being underclassmen. Of the five upperclassmen, three are seniors.
The Grizzlies’ top attackers are Senior Shannon Mulkey, a middle hitter from Parker, Texas, and Anna Huggins, a freshman from Albuquerque, N.M. Mulkey leads the team with 2.54 kills per set, while Huggins averages 2.5.
Bailey Schlosser, a sophomore from Goodyear, Ariz., is averaging 7.04 assists per set with 183 total assists in 2020.
Defensively, senior Mackenzie Swanson from Houston, Texas, has 84 digs on the season and is averaging 3.23 dig/s. Huggins, with 38 digs and an average of 2.38 dig/s, has her team’s second most digs.
Mulkey has 22 block assists and four solo blocks, totaling an even 1.0 per set.
Colorado School of Mines (6-1, 6-1 RMAC) sits at third in the RMAC standings for volleyball, behind MSU-Denver and Colorado Mesa. They will play Adams State on Sunday at 11 a.m. before either team faces the Eagles.
The Orediggers only have two returning seniors, but have eight juniors on the 19-person roster, giving the team an even spread of experience.
Of the 27 sets played for the Orediggers, junior Taylor Hicken of Littleton, Colo., has earned 88 kills for an average of 3.26 kills per set. She also has nine service aces.
Another junior, Drew Stokes of Murphysboro, Ill., has 312 assists and has played in all 27 sets in the season. She currently averages 11.56 a/s.
On the defense, junior DS/L Elle Duis, a native of Trophy Club, Texas, has 133 digs while yet another junior, middle blocker Julia Eiken of Littleton, Colo., has put up 23 total blocks on the season.
After the weekend pod, the Eagles will travel to Denver to face the MSUD Roadrunners on Mar. 13 at 3 P.M. This will be the last single match of the season before CSC will play against Fort Lewis and Colorado Christian in Durango, Colo. and then Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines in Rapid City, S.D. to close out the season.