Volleyball splits two

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Metro pushed to five sets in back-to-back volleyball games at home, winning one and losing one making their record 16-9 on the season.

The No. 23 Roadrunners lost 3-2 Nov. 3 against a tough No. 15 Colorado School of Mines, and won on Nov. 2 against Colorado Christian University 3-2 at Auraria Event Center.

Metro came out slow letting CSM jump out to an 8-4 lead but quickly found their way back into the match, tying it 11-11, with a kill by junior outside hitter Alyssa Heath, who finished the set with eight kills. Freshman defensive specialist Tammy King also had a great first set as she came away with seven digs. The Roadrunners kept the pace up and won the set 25-19.

The Roadrunners fell early in the second set 11-5. It was a shaky set for the team as they would not be able to find a single block the whole set and would go on to lose 17-25 in what was a quick set.

The lady volleyballers also lost the third set. The team came back 18-18 on the heels of a great serving stretch by freshman outside hitter Kylie Haun. Haun held the serve for five straight points and keep the Roadrunners in the set and the match. The Runners lost the set however, 25-22 as a result of their poor serving with seven service errors.

The Roadrunners started the fourth set with a 10-5 lead. The set would be defined by the great hitting of Heath once again as she came away with seven kills pushing her total to 25 to this point on the night and she would end with the second highest kills for Metro since 2007 with 26. Metro would come away with a dominating win 25-16.

The final set was a rough one for the Roadrunners as the Orediggers came out hot and poured it on to start the match 11-4. The Runners tried to comeback late in the set, but it wasn’t enough, as the Orediggers won the set 15-10.

“They were just better then we were in the fifth set. In the sets that we won we served them tough and we made them struggle to run their offense the way they wanted to,” head coach Debbie Hendricks said.

Metro outscored CSM 79-67, but the team’s 42 errors proved costly.

Despite the loss the team was still pleased with their performance against the Orediggers.

“We all felt pretty good about it. Even though we lost, we all worked really hard and we know we are right there,” Heath said.

There is a good chance the team will get another shot at the Orediggers in the post-season when it really counts, and the Runners feel pretty good about their chances.

“They can’t beat us three times in a row. We wont let that happen,” sophomore right sider Lauren Quijano said.

It was a well-rounded night with multiple players making major contributors. Haun led with 15 kills followed closely by Heath with 12. Junior defensive specialist Alex Green led with 16 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Savannah Garcia had 13. Senior setter Vanessa Gemignani led the team in assists with 46.

“I feel pretty confident. We’re slowing peaking and its really good and I’m just really excited to play,” said Quijano about next week’s matchup.

The Roadrunners will finish the season on the road against Black Hills State University Nov. 9 and Chadron State College Nov. 10.

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