CHADRON – After playing just two of its first 19 matches at home this season, the Chadron State College volleyball team has 3 this week and 7 of its final 10.
The Eagles host Colorado State-Pueblo on Thursday, Western State on Friday and 24th-ranked Adams State on Saturday. All three matches will start at 7 p.m.
Friday night has been designated as a Pink-Out with all fans encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. Several breast cancer survivors will be honored prior to the match.
Head coach Janel Baily is optimistic about the Eagles’ chances. They’re coming off a 4-set victory at New Mexico Highlands Saturday, after playing close in the 3 prior matches…Western New Mexico, Fort Lewis, and Colorado Mesa.
CSC is just 2-8 in the conference and 4-15 overall, but Pueblo is only 2-9 in the RMAC…although the Thunderwolves are 11-11 on the season…and Western State is winless in 11 conference matches and 1-18 for the season.
Adams State should be the biggest challenge. #24 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, the Grizzlies lead the RMAC West at 8-3 and have a 15-4 season record.
Chadron State has a balanced offensive attack. Mallory Irvine leads the team with 180 kills and a .237 hitting percentage and 79 total blocks. Three others have at least 138 kills: Erika Roybal, Mollie Jones and Jessica Jester.
Libero Kristina Harter paces the squad with 305 digs, averaging nearly five a set.