Pivotal third set tips close match in favor of Orediggers
COLORADO SPRINGS- The Colorado School of Mines Orediggers outlasted the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the pivotal third set, allowing the Orediggers to grab a 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 26-24, 25-17) win Saturday evening at the Lions'Den.
The score was tied 15 times in the third set, the final one at 24. After a UCCS attack went long, Annie Auxier finessed a service ace to give Mines the 26-24 decision.
The near miss created a hangover in the fourth set as UCCS dug itself a 7-1 hole. The Mountain Lions clawed back into it, drawing to within one at 16-15,
â€œWe upped our excitement and our level of intensity,â€ said UCCS junior Kim Boogaard, who had 10 kills."œ(The Orediggers) were yelling and screaming, trying to get into our heads, but we were able to rally back.â€
But once back, the Mountain Lions couldn't maintain. Mines answered with seven straight points, including four kills by Elizabeth Serra-Hsu.
Between the second and third sets, the Orediggers made two key adjustments. First, they avoided UCCS libero Kelsey Pobar. Second, they wrapped their offense around their best weapon"" Serra-HSU.
Pobar, who had 19 digs in the first two sets, was limited to nine in the final two sets combined.
â€œKelsey's an awesome digger,â€ said Boogaard."œGoing away from her and into the deep corners where there isn't anyone was obviously a positive for them.â€
Serra-Hsu, meanwhile had five kills in the third set and seven in the decoding fourth set. The sophomore finished with a match-high 17 kills.
â€œWe knew that she was one of their biggest hitters and we tried to shut her down, and in the first and second (set) I think we did that,â€ said Boogaard."œBut she turned it on in the third (set) and continued all the way until the end.â€
Molly Crockett led UCCS (12-12, 7-8 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 13 kills. Lauren Orth added 12 and Kim Boogaard had 10.
Kaity Edmiston added 10 kills for Mines (16-9, 11-4 RMAC).
UCCS senior Jessica Stewart, playing in her final match in the Lions'Den, had 41 assists and 12 digs.
â€œShe's such a good influence and such a good example for our team with her work ethic,â€ said Boogaard of Stewart."œShe did a great job tonight; we're all proud of her.â€
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