CSC VB SPLITS IN OPENING DAY AT PUEBLO TOURNAMENT

Posted 1 year ago

By John Axtell

CSC VB JesterPUEBLO, Colo. -The Chadron State College volleyball team went 1-1 at the first day of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Invitational.

The Eagles started with a hard fought come-from-behind five-set victory over William Jewell, then fell to in-state rival and 8th-ranked Wayne State in three sets in the nightcap.

CSC, who defeated William Jewell last week in four sets at the UNK Tournament, found itself in a big hole against the Cardinals this time…dropping the first 2 sets by identical 27-25 scores. The Eagles regrouped and took the final 3 sets 25-23, 25-21, 15-10).

Five Chadron State players had at least nine kills in the thrilling win. Erika Roybal paced CSC with 10 kills but Nikki Schmidt, Alia Brennan, Jessica Jester and Hanna Flaming each finished with nine apiece.

Jester and Brennan each had six blocks and Justine Ackie served four aces and had 29 set assists. Ackie also provided solid defense, tallying 17 digs, while Alyssa Bauer had a team-high 20.

Against Wayne State, the Eagles struggled in the first two sets…losing 25-16 and 25-14…but were in the final set until the end of a 25-21 loss.

The Wildcats hit .196 as a team and forced the Eagles to commit 17 attack errors. Schmidt led Chadron State with six kills and 10 set assists. Brennan continued her strong play at the net, tallying two blocks.

The Eagles, now 3-3,will play Southwest Baptist and Lindenwood today (Saturday).