Zach Carattini, CSC Sports Information Box Score
The Chadron State College volleyball team closed out Homecoming on a high note Saturday night as they scored the final 4 points in a thrilling 5-set win over Adams State.
The win improves the Eagles to 4-11 on the season and 2-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while Adams State slips to 7-10 and 3-5.
The Grizzlies attacked first when they won set one 25-14. They held the Eagles to a negative hit percentage while scoring 13 kills and only one error out of 23 total attempts for a .522 hitting percentage.
CSC quickly turned it around, winning sets 2 and 3 by identical scores of 25-23. In set 3, they had 16 kills and 3 errors on 38 attempts for a .342 hitting percentage. Middle hitter Aiyana Fujiyama had 9 kills and only one attack error in those two sets.
Adams State would bounce back to take set four 25-14 with an efficient attacks of 11 kills and zero errors.
In set 5, the teams traded early leads before the Grizzlies looked to be in command up 13-11, but the Eagles came out of a timeout to get a side out when outside hitter Olivia Moten-Schell landed a kill from a set from Audrey Bennett to make the score 13-12.
They tied it on a kill by outside hitter Kaydrin Quest after a Breshawna Kelly serve, then took the lead 14-13 with a kill by outside hitter Alli Keisel. The match-winning kill followed from Moten-Schell on a perfectly set ball by Kelly, who had all 4 assists in the final run.
Multiple Eagles had season-best performances. Olivia Moten-Schell had a season-high 17 kills, 3 more than her previous best set just the night before in Friday’s loss to New Mexico Highlands (7-11, 3-5 RMAC). Aiyana Fujiyama also had a season high for kills with 13 while Audrey Bennett added a season-high 4 services aces.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” said Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer Stadler. “Players really battled, didn’t give up, and stayed aggressive. [I’m] proud of how they believed in themselves.”
T he Eagles will be on the road next weekend to take on MSU Denver (14-2, 8-0 RMAC) and Colorado Christian (7-9, 4-4 RMAC) on Friday and Saturday.