Denver, Colo.: (By Cassidee Young) Tonight's Regis crowd in the fieldhouse was just as raucous as ever. However, #25 Regis fell to 11th-ranked and cross-town rival Metro State in a tough fought five set match.
The Rangers knew they were going to have to battle tonight and they had a huge support system to back them up. The first set of the match remained tight for the first half. However, with a few attack errors from Regis (20-8, 11-6 RMAC), Metro State (21-5, 13-4 RMAC) was able to take 14-7 lead. Regis dug deep and freshman outside hitter, Jessica Wojcik stepped to the service line and put down two key aces to allow the Rangers to gain momentum and close the gap in this set. The Rangers fought back hard, but fell in the first set, 25-19.
The second set took a new turn for the Rangers. Their strong offense allowed them to take an early 8-2 lead over the Roadrunners. Senior outside hitter, Kyndell Highland aggressively attacked from the left side of the net and gave them a lot of momentum in this set. The Rangers kept a good lead in this set and freshman setter, Aubrey Podschweit did a good job at mixing up the offense, allowing freshman middle blocker, Gina Morgan to play an important offensive role. As the set went on, the Roadrunners made a push and were able to tie the game at 24-24. The Rangers resisted their push and continued to side out. A roll shot kill by Wojick to the Roadrunner's right back corner ended the second set in the Rangers favor, 29-27.
The third set in tonight's match would also remain tight and would eventually tie a total of nine times. The Roadrunners picked up their offense and the Rangers failed to hang with them. Regis dropped this set with a close 25-22 score.
The Rangers came out with a fiery attitude in the fourth set. Senior middle blocker, Lyz Kann moved the ball around well as she effectively put down kills around the Roadrunner block. With the score at 24-22 in this set in the Rangers' favor, they were able to pull out a win with a Roadrunner service error to end the set, 25-22.
The final set of tonight's match slipped from the Rangers' fingers. The Roadrunners were able to play tough defense and run a solid offense. The Rangers had a hard time siding out and were not playing their game. The Roadrunners easily took this final set from Regis, 15-5.
Highland notched her first 20-kill match of her Regis career with an even 20. Morgan had nine kills, while McDonnell had eight.
Regis hit just .131, while Metro State was able to hit .264.
Sophomore Sage Martinson had a team-high 17 digs to go along with 18 assists. Kann had six digs including three solo, while senior Cassidee Young dug out 15 balls.
The Rangers will finish the regular season hosting Colorado Christian on Saturday night for the right to go to the RMAC Tournament.