Eagles look to continue RMAC win streak this weekend
CHADRON, Neb. -- September 23, 2022 -- The Chadron State College volleyball team hopes to keep its three-match Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference streak on the move, this Friday and Saturday, with Fort Lewis College and Western Colorado University visiting the Chicoine Center at 6 p.m. both evenings.
The Eagles have downed New Mexico Highlands, Black Hills State, and South Dakota Mines in consecutive RMAC tilts. The Highlands decision went 3-1 to CSC at home, while the other two matches were five-set affairs on the road. The last time the Eagles either won back to back RMAC matches on the road, or won three consecutive RMAC matches overall, was October of 2019. They have a 5-8 record and are 3-1 in conference.
CSC is good at the net. The Eagles are tied for fifth in the league with 1.90 total blocks per set and allow only 1.45, an average which ranks as the third lowest in the conference. Sophomore middle hitter Aiyana Fujiyama is seventh in the RMAC with 0.98 blocks per set, after racking up 20 total blocks last weekend in South Dakota.
Chadron State also ranks sixth with 15.18 digs per set. Senior libero Abby Schaefer is among the top 15 players in the conference in that category.
The Fort Lewis Skyhawks are 4-6 and 2-2 in the RMAC. They come to Chadron in the middle of a gauntlet of opponents which includes No. 2 MSU Denver, No. 19 Regis, No. 21 Colorado School of Mines, and No. 20 Colorado Mesa. The Skyhawks lost 3-1 to MSU Denver and 3-2 to Regis, both matches coming at home in Durango, Colorado. They face Mines on Saturday and Mesa next weekend.
In its 10 matches, Fort Lewis has only been shut out once. The team has only played three of its matches at home.
Skyhawks sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hobie leads the offensive attack for her team. She is 10th in the league with 3.14 kills per set and 13th with an 0.35 average for service aces.
Fort Lewis is third in the RMAC for service aces.
Western Colorado enters the weekend at 2-9 (1-3 RMAC). It is currently on a three-game skid, getting swept at home by both Colorado Christian and Regis, and losing 3-1 to Fort Lewis in Durango. The Mountaineers have been swept in eight of their nine losses, with their only wins coming over Cal State-Dominguez Hills and South Dakota Mines in five sets.
Two players stand out on the WCU roster. Junior middle blocker Jaeda Davis-Golliher has the fifth-highest hitting percentage in the RMAC at .343, while senior outside hitter Emily Mangone has 0.43 aces per set, good for third in the conference.
Chadron State will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Night on Friday by honoring campus counselors.