BY: BROCK VOTH
CSC Sports Information Department
The Chadron State College volleyball team won its third straight match on Saturday at South Dakota Mines, toppling the Hardrockers in five sets (20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 15-8) to improve to 5-7, and 3-1 in the RMAC.
The Eagles had a hitting percentage of .188 which is one of the highest they have had this season.
Sophomore Amber Harvey led the Eagles in kills with a total of 12 with help from junior Rylee Greiman, and sophomore Mayson Fago with nine apiece.
The Eagles offense was on full attack in the third and fifth set hitting .323, and .368 respectively as a team. It also hit .186 in the fourth set.
Defensively the Eagles were led once again by sophomore Aiyana Fujiyama with 11 blocks, and senior Abby Schaefer with 15 digs. Fago had 14 digs herself.
After the first set went to SDM, the Eagles and Hardrockers battled hard in the second set with the Eagles gaining a four-point lead before the Hardrockers cut it to three. The Eagles then went on went on a 5-1 run to end the set.
The third set was much of the same as each teams traded blows, never gaining the edge by too much. The largest lead the Eagles had was three, while the Hardrockers largest lead was just two.
The hard fought fourth set was won by the Hardrockers by three, after the Eagles built up to a 13-8 lead. The Hardrockers flipped the momentum to take the set.
Despite the Hardrockers' .326 hitting clip in the fourth set, it was followed with only five kills and five hitting errors in the fifth, which helped the Eagles take the victory. The Eagles flipped the momentum in the fifth set after a kill from freshman Bella Adams, as they went on a 7-1 run to end the set and take the match.
The Eagles will host Texas A&M-Kingsville on Tuesday September 20th at 6 p.m. at the Chicoine Center.