Stabell
CSM

DENVER – Colorado Mines didn't start well, but the finish couldn't have been any better as the Orediggers topped sixth-seeded Colorado Christian by a 3-1 final on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Regis Fieldhouse.

This is the second year in a row that Mines has advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after beatung top-seeded Nebraska-Kearney in the opening round of the tournament last season.

The Orediggers have now won 21 of their last 24 matches and moved their season record against CCU (23-10) to 4-0.

Senior Jackie Stabell led the squad with 16 kills on a .378 attack percentage while adding four digs and two blocks on the defensive end. After just one kill in the opening set, Stabell posted 15 over the final three to lead Mines to a 3-1 victory. Her 16 kills pushed her over the 400-kill plateau for the consecutive season.

Junior Melanie Wannamaker followed with 12 kills on a .400 attack percentage while adding three digs and five blocks on the defensive end. Sarah Pekarek and Laura Beckmann notched nine kills apiece, with Pekarek posting hers on a .400 attack percentage with nine digs and two blocks on defense. Beckmann posted a team-high .562 attack percentage while adding two blocks on the defensive side.

Junior Hannah Margheim led the defensive efforts with 17 digs.

Making its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, CCU came out with a hot hand and solid defense in the first set en route to a 25-15 victory.

The momentum carried over to the second set, where CCU matched the Orediggers point-for-point in running the score out to a tie at nine, and again at 18. Mines began to get its offense in rhythm and posted a 7-4 run to close out the second set with a 25-22 victory.

Mines ran out to an 11-3 lead in the third set to force CCU to use both of its timeouts before the midway point. The stop in action didn't slow down the Orediggers, who posted a 14-7 run following the second timeout to close out the third set with a 25-10 victory. The third set featured a .517 attack percentage by Mines, while CCU was limited to a .088 attack percentage in the set.

Mines' control of the momentum did not waver, and helped by a .393 attack percentage in the deciding set, the Orediggers closed out the match with a 25-11 set victory.