MSU Denver’s volleyball team won two at home improving their record to 14-7 on the season.
The No. 23 Roadrunners defeated Colorado Mesa University 3-1 Oct. 20 at the Auraria Event Center.
The lady Runners came out sluggish, letting the Mavericks get a 16-12 lead, but gained momentum from an ace by sophomore defensive specialist Savannah Garcia and won the set 25-23.
The second set was all Roadrunners, who took a demanding 17-10 lead. The ladies won the set easily 25-16.
The Runners gave up the third set, losing 21-25. The set was marked by sloppy errors and inconsistent play by the Roadrunners, who did their best to make a comeback after starting out down 10-17.
“We fight hard, and I think in every set we believe we are going to win,” head coach Debbie Hendricks said. “Even in that third set, when we were down, we fought back and we always believe we are going to win.”
MSU Denver responded in the final set as they jumped out to an 18-12 lead, forcing CMU to use a timeout. The timeout seemed worth it, as the Mavericks put up a good fight to pull it to 22-20. But the Roadrunners went on to win the set 25-21.
“You know coach was just telling us we need to put in all of our effort and keep trucking through it, and not take any breaks and no points for granted,” said freshman outside hitter Kylie Haun, who had a career night with 15 kills.
It was a good weekend for the Roadrunners as they came away with a win on Oct. 19 against Fort Lewis College. MSU Denver won in straight sets, 25-22, 25-20, and 25-11.
“It’s nice to come in and win three last night and then come in and pull it out in four. We’re just trying to get through it now. It’s in the grind,” Haun said.
Junior outside hitter Alyssa Heath led the team in kills with a season high 21, followed by sophomore right sider Lauren Quijano, who had 14. Senior setter Vanessa Gemignani led the team with 35 assists and also had 10 digs, but it was junior defensive specialist Alex Green who lead the team with 19 digs.
“We slowly have been trying to put all the pieces together, and just because we are kind of in the middle of the conference, we want to work our way back up again,” Quijano said.