CCU spikes Metro’s 13-year winning streak

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Metro women’s volleyball lost in five sets against Colorado Christian University at Auraria Event Center Nov. 13 in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament — the first loss to CCU since 1999, snapping a 26-game winning streak.

The Roadrunners started out strong winning the first set 25-20. The set was a hard fought one, as both teams held the lead multiple times and the score was tied five different times. It was a strong set for senior setter Vanessa Gemignani leading the team with three digs and nine assists.

The Cougars took the second set 25-22. The Roadrunners started down 14-8, but found their way back into the game tying it 17-17 on an ace by sophomore outside hitter Kylie Haun. The Roadrunners would gain the lead at 19-17 but would not be able to hold on. The set was defined by 13 Runner errors.

The Roadrunners dominated the third, going up 16-11. It was a very nice set for junior outside hitter Alyssa Heath leading the team with six kills in the set. The Runners won the set 25-18.

It was a sloppy fourth set for both teams on the serve. Metro committed five service errors. CCU had six, but was able to capitalize on the errors and won the set 25-17.

The final set was all Cougars, who won it 15-8. The Roadrunners could not find their block on the final set and once again committed too many errors pushing their total to 38 on the night.

“We just didn’t play as well as Colorado Christian,” head coach Debbie Hendricks said.

The Roadrunners had two players earn all-region honors. Sophomore right sider Lauren Quijano earned first team South Central Region, while Heath garnered the region’s honorable mention.

“It’s been a ride for sure. It’s been a little up and down more than we wanted it to be, but I wouldn’t want to be with any other team,” said Heath about the Runners season so far.

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