25th-Ranked Rangers Get Scare from Colorado Mesa but Prevail 3-1 in RMAC Volleyball
Grand Junction, Colo.: The 25th-ranked Rangers got a scare from Colorado Mesa but prevailed in four sets to start the RMAC season 2-0 and improve to 9-2 overall.
Set #1 – Regis struggled early in set one and with the score 14-11 in favor of Colorado Mesa, the Rangers scored the next eight points and not even two timeouts by CMU Head Coach Dave Fleming could stop the Rangers en route to their 25-21 victory. Lyz Kann led the way with five kills in the set and the Rangers hit .333 to .067 for CMU.
Set #2 – With Regis leading 6-4, the Mavericks went on a 7-0 run to take a 11-6 lead and included three service aces. The Rangers couldn't recover and hit just .081 in the second set and lost 25-16.
Set #3 – CMU scored the first four points of the set and the Rangers came back to score the next five. The lead went back and forth till the Rangers scored four in a row to go ahead 18-14, but the stingy Mavs scored the next six points to take a 20-18 lead. With the Rangers trailing 23-20 they scored six of the next seven points to stun the Mavericks and take set three 26-24.
Set #4 – Regis got off to a hot start and led 4-1 and kept that lead for much of the match with just one tie at 4-4. Mesa got to within 15-14 before Regis scored the next five points to take a 20-14 lead. The Rangers great defense again led them to the 25-16 finale.
Senior Cassidee Young had herself a night with a career-high 32 digs in just four sets and is now just 12 digs from becoming just the 20th Ranger in school history with 1,000 digs.
Junior Makayla Higgins notched 13 digs, while also putting down seven kills. Sophomore setter Sage Martinson had 30 assists and a double-double with 10 digs. Freshman setter Aubrey Podschweit came in a couple of crucial moments and performed well with five assists.
Senior Lyz Kann had two solo blocks and six total to pace Regis. The Rangers had seven service errors after the first two sets but rebounded well and helped themselves out by not committing any in the final two sets.
Regis again limited their opponent to under .100 hitting for the sixth time this year, and in those games they are a perfect 6-0.
Regis will finish up the three-game RMAC western slope trip on Saturday evening as they travel down to Durango, Colo. to take on Fort Lewis at 7:00 p.m.