Colorado Mesa University’s volleyball team was out on the road for two games this week against conference opponents. However, the road trip did not go as planned for the Mavericks as the team lost both games against Colorado Christian (3-1) and No. 22 Colorado School of Mines (3-0).

On Friday the Mavericks were down in Lakewood, Colo. taking on the Cougars. The first set was close between the teams and went down to the final points, but the Cougars took it 25-23 to take the 1-0 set lead. CMU would bounce back in the second set winning it 25-20 to tie it up at 1-1. However, the Cougars took advantage of their home court. In the third set, CCU won 25-18. The fourth set was all Cougars as they ran away with it and the match victory 25-7.

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CCU finished better in every team category. They finished with more points (68-52), kills (50-39), aces (7-6), blocks (11-7), assists (48-39) and digs (77-71). CMU finished the match with a .058 hitting percentage on the game.

Samantha Ritter finished with a team-high 29 assists for the Mavericks, while Taylor Woods was the leader in digs with 18. Mackenzie Edwards was the leader in kills for CMU with nine.

The Mavericks were hoping to rebound quickly as they traveled to Golden, Colo. to take on CSM on Saturday.

The Orediggers showed the Mavericks though why they are the team to beat in the conference, winning the game in three straight sets (25-19, 25-11, 25-13). The win moved the Orediggers to a perfect 10-0 on the year in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) play.

With the two losses, the Mavericks fell to 12-6 overall on the year and 6-4 in the conference. The team now sits in sixth place in the conference, two games behind fifth-place UCCS.

CMU comes home for two games this week against Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines. Both are set for 7 p.m. start times on Friday and Saturday.

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Bryce Reedy
Bryce Reedy is a mass communication major with a minor in sports management. Reedy began his newspaper career with The Criterion back in 2014 as a writer. Reedy worked his way up to sports editor, then managing and finally editor in chief for the 2016-17 year before deciding that he wanted to return to his roots as the sports editor for his senior year.

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