DENVER, Colo. — Fifthteenth-ranked Regis (Colo.) won in five sets against in-state rival Metro State. The Rangers (18-6, 12-2 RMAC) took the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-23 before the intermission.
The two teams were locked at 10 apiece before Regis went on a 7-2 run aided by Metro State’s (14-8, 9-5 RMAC) two attack errors, one service error and a setting error. The Roadrunners cut the lead to just 18-17 later in the set before the Rangers scored four in a row leading 22-17.
Metro State started set two on a tear and led 10-5 before the Rangers started chipping away. They ended up tying the game at 16 following an attack error by Roadrunner Daleah Whitaker. With the score tied at 19, the Rangers used two service aces by Sage Martinson and one kill each from Katie Klein and Gina Morgan to take a 22-19 lead. Whitaker had another attack error to give the Rangers a 25-23 win.
Sets three and four went the way of the Roadrunners. With the score knotted at 14, Metro State went on a 11-3 run to close out the set 25-17. In the fourth set, neither team led by more than three points. The Rangers trailed 20-17 when Regis head coach Frank Lavrisha took a timeout. His team responded by pulling within one point, but MSUD took a 23-20 lead and won the set.
Regis was able to battle back and, following a kill by Klein, tied the score at 24. The two teams traded sideouts before a kill by Roadrunner Kylie Haun and an attack error by Regis senior Makayla Higgins ended the game at 27-25.
Neither team led by more than one point throughout the fifth set. The score was tied 13 times and had three lead changes in the race to 15. Metro State tied the game at 13 following an attack error by Caitie Breaux. Lavrisah called timeout and, on the ensuing attack, setter Rebecca Sponcil tried Breaux again and crushed a ball to take the 14-13 lead.
Breaux scored the Rangers’ final two points to win 16-14.
Breaux led the Rangers with 13 kills. Klein and Caitlin McDonnel each tallied 12 kills and Higgins got seven and led the Ranger defense with 10 digs.