Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
CHADRON – After playing well at home the past two weeks, but not quite able to come up with a victory against four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes, the Chadron State College volleyball team hopes to change its fortune when it plays two RMAC teams in the Denver area this weekend.
The Eagles will take on Colorado Christian in Lakewood at 6 p.m. Friday and play nationally-ranked Colorado Mines at 5 p.m. Golden on Saturday.
CSC coach Janel Baily said her team, which is 3-9 overall, “is right there” after losing six sets against the recent RMAC teams by four or fewer points.
“We have quite a few new players this season and they’re still getting used to playing together,” Baily said. “They’re positive and know they’ll get some wins if they keep working. We’ve been playing pretty well, but still have a ways to go.”
Colorado Christian is 6-7 overall and 1-3 in RMAC contests. The Cougars feature one of the RMAC’s leading hitters in 5-8 sophomore Taylor Sturms, whose 243 kills lead the conference.
Mines is 9-4 and 3-1 after having its seven-match winning streak snapped by Metro State last Friday night, but defeating nationally-ranked Regis the next night. The Orediggers are 19th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association rankings.
Mines’ big guns include a pair of Texans. Melanie Wannamaker, is a 6-1 senior who has 210 kills and a .411 hitting percentage. Sophomore Alanna Winfield is a 6-2 sophomore who has 181 kills and a .328 percentage at the net.
Chadron State setter Justin Ackie is leading the RMAC in service aces with 23.