Friday, November 5, 2010

Mavs clinch RMAC West with 3-set win over Grizzlies

ALAMOSA, Colo.- The Mesa State College volleyball team limited their mistakes while Sarah Kemp and Meagan Bosch led the offensive charge as the Mavericks claimed a 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 win over the host Adams State College Grizzlies while clinching their straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division crown, Friday night here in Plachy Hall.

The Mavericks who improved 19-8 overall and to 13-5 in RMAC play with their sixth win in seven matches, made just nine unforced hitting errors and three service errors throughout the match that saw them out-hit the Grizzlies .194 to .085.

The Grizzlies have now dropped three straight and five of their last six while falling to 8-17 overall and to 5-12 in RMAC play.

Kemp tallied a match-high 11 kills for the Mavericks, while Bosch tallied eight kills on a .467 hitting night for the Mavericks who closed out the regular season.  Lindsey Reed also tallied a match-high six blocks for the victors who will now head into next week's RMAC Tournament in Kearney, Neb. as the second seed.

The Grizzlies were led by nine kills and eight digs by sophomore outside hitter Dominique Davis (Denver, Colo.).  They also received a career-high matching five blocks from freshman right side hitter Letisha Spencer (Rio Rancho, N.M.) but made 13 unforced and 24 total hitting errors throughout the night.

The Mavericks came out firing and were up 7-1 before the Grizzlies gradually pulled back within two points at 16-14 thanks in large part to two Spencer blocks and a Megan Tapia (Pueblo, Colo.) kill.

However, the Mavericks would go on another 7-2 spurt to go up 23-16 before finishing off the set on a Bosch kill.

Hitting .235 in the first set, thanks in large part to six Antoinette McCormick kills, the Mavericks were cooled slightly in the second set that swung to the Mavericks when Kemp put down three kills in a 4-rally stretch at the start of a 7-0 Maverick run with senior setter Tara King behind the service line.

Down 16-8 after that run, the Grizzlies did claw back to within 18-15 and 21-19 on a Tamara Fowler (Rio Rancho, N.M.) kill that forced the Mavericks to call timeout.

Tapia then recorded a service ace bringing the Grizzlies within 21-19 only to watch McCormick put down a kill before a Kemp block quickly doubled the lead to four points (23-19).

The Grizzlies then came up with one of their eight blocks before two Kemp kills around one from the Grizzlies' Deprece Washington (Johnstown, Colo.) completed the set.

After falling behind 10-5 in the third set, the Grizzlies had their best run of the night scoring six straight points with Spencer behind the service line to take an 11-10 lead.

However, the champion Mavericks responded with a 4-0 mini and 9-2 overall spurt to seize control once again.  Leading 19-13 at that point, the Mavericks then simply traded points down the stretch to complete the victory, their fifth straight in the rivalry.

The Grizzlies will close out their season Saturday night hosting Fort Lewis (15-10, 9-8 RMAC) in a re-match of an Oct. 8 encounter that went the Skyhawks' way with a 15-13 decision in the decisive fifth set.

The match, which will include Senior Night festivities honoring Fowler, setter Mary McNeil (Phoenix, Ariz.) and right side and middle hitter Kelsey Miller (Las Animas, Colo.) will commence at 7 p.m.

The match can be heard live on KSPK-FM (104.1 in Alamosa) and via the internet at

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