Eagles Volleyball Splits Weekend Pod

Photo Courtesy: CSC Sports Information

The Chadron State College volleyball team played a pair of matches on the road on Sunday. The Eagles won 3-2 in the first match against Adams State, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 16-14. In the second set, the Eagles fell 0-3 to the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, 17-25, 20-25, 9-25. The Eagles are now 3-7 on the season, and 2-6 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

The Eagles went on a brief run to start the fifth set, leading the Grizzlies early, 7-1 before ASU began a comeback, ultimately rallying to a tie at 11-11.

The match headed to extra points, but the persistent Eagles ultimately prevailed, 16-14.

Rylee Greiman’s service ace in fifth set was her only one of the match, but it was all that was needed to secure the win for her team. The sophomore outside hitter, who played in all five sets, was also second on the team with 13 digs, behind Breshawna Kelly’s 16.

Kelly also led her team with 44 assists on the Eagles’ 108 points.

Lexi Hurtado, who had 16 kills and 18 points, and Olivia Moten Schell, who had 15 kills and 15.5 points, helped lead the Eagle offense with Amelia Berg contributing 12 kills and 15 points.

ASU (0-10) has yet to earn a win this season, falling earlier Sunday against Colorado School of Mines before the match with CSC.

Freshman outside Hitter Anna Huggins kept her team in contention with 21 kills in the match, but even with Alexandra MacAskill’s 12 kills, Cindy Garcia’s 11 kills, and Shannon Mulkey’s 10 kills, they proved too few against the Eagles.

In match two of the day, the Orediggers outmatched their opponent. Led by Taylor Hicken with 14 kills, Julia Eiken with 12 kills, and Amanda Donais with 11 kills, the home team held the Eagles to only 46 total points.

Riddled with attack and service errors, the Eagles could not find a way to get the offense going in the third set.

The Eagle offense, led by Hurtado and Moten-Schell with 10 and 9 kills respectively, struggled to rally throughout the match.

On defense, blocking also proved difficult for CSC who only had four in total. Previously, they had been averaging more than two blocks per set.

The Eagles will next play against MSU-Denver (8-1, 7-1 RMAC) on the road in a stand-alone match on Saturday, Mar. 13 at 3 p.m. in Denver.