The road does not seem to be a problem for the dominant Colorado Mesa University volleyball team.  The Mavericks are in the middle of their longest road trip of the season but continue to impress as they won both of their games against New Mexico Highlands and CSU-Pueblo this past weekend.

On Friday the Mavericks traveled to Pueblo to take on the struggling Thunderwolves who before Friday, have lost 12 out of the first 14 games. Empathy was not in the Maverick’s mind against CSU-Pueblo as they would hand the Thunderwolves yet another loss.

The Thunderwolves won the first set 25-20 but there was not much hope for them after that. The Mavericks took a stride and won the next three sets in a row to dominate CSU-Pueblo in an eventual 3-1 victory.

CMU led the Thunderwolves in points, kills and assists in which allowed them to come away with the victory despite not completing more aces or blocks.  

Mackenzie Edwards added 15 more kills to her season total which now sits at 250 as she added another 11 the next day against New Mexico Highlands. She also racked up an ace against the Thunderwolves in the win. Edwards leads the team in kills with 125 more than second place which is Katie Scherr.

Scherr scored 14 kills against CSU-Pueblo on Friday as well as two blocks.  

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Saturday night was much like the night before. New Mexico Highlands currently sit in the standings with a losing record and did not have as much luck against the Mavericks. CMU did lose the first set 25-17 like they did on Friday but did turn it around to win the next three sets in a row to win the match.

CMU lead every category from points to digs against the Cowgirls. The Mavericks added another 57 kills to their total which now sits at 824; they have only allowed 624 against them this entire season.  

Natalee Todd lead the team with 16 kills against New Mexico Highlands and Todd also dominated the defensive side of the court with six blocks. Todd has totaled 35 total blocks and averages .66 blocks per set on the season. Both numbers lead the entire time.

Setter Samantha Ritter continues to produce excellent numbers as she added 94 assists over the weekend which adds to her season total of 650.

The Mavericks improved to 12-4 on the season after struggling the last two weeks, losing two out of their previous four games. The team last week they were also pushed to five-set matches against Adams State and Fort Lewis after winning the first two sets. This weekend showed significant improvement in the Mavericks offensive game and their ability to finish sets when they should be.

CMU will continue their road trip when they travel to Colorado Christian to take on the Cougars on Oct. 13. The following day the Mavericks will stay on the front range to face off against nationally ranked Colorado School of Mines on Oct. 14.

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Matt Kennedy
Matt Kennedy is a sophomore mass communication major from Colorado Springs. He is in his second year with The Criterion, has served as the assistant sports editor and is now sports editor. Kennedy went to Doherty High School where he wrote for his school paper for three years and he aspires to continue in the sports journalism field after graduation to pursue a career as a sportscaster.

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