DENVER, Colo. — Black Hills State University dropped a three-games-to-zero decision to Metro State, Tuesday, as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference volleyball tournament began. Scores were 25-19, 25-22, 25-21.
“I thought every aspect of our game was much more put together than it was 10 days ago, when we were here,” Yellow Jackets’ head coach Kristin Carmichael said.
Carmichel said Black Hills State handled Metro State’s outside well on Tueseday but committed too many errors at the wrong times.
The second-seeded Roadrunners led 13-7 in the first game. Kindra Cerrone and Sierra Ward recorded attacking kills to bring Black Hills State within 13-9.
Mariah Robinson and Ward teamed on a block as the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets stayed within 17-14. Metro State pulled away to win the first game 25-19.
Black Hills State used Madison Hoopman’s attacking kill to lead 6-2 in the second game. Laurel Lech added an attacking kill to keep the Yellow Jackets ahead 10-7.
Hoopman’s attacking kill gave the Yellow Jackets a 22-21 edge before Metro State scored the next four points for the 25-22 win.
Black Hills State led 5-3 in the first game, but the Roadrunners tied matters at 13. The Yellow Jackets edged ahead 17-14 before a 6-1 run put Metro State ahead 20-18.
Lech’s attacking kill gave Black Hills State side out and kept the Yellow Jackets within 21-19. A 4-2 scoring edge down the stretch gave Metro State the 25-21 game win and match victory.
Serve receiving stood out as one of Tuesday’s biggest improvements for Carmichael. She said the Yellow Jackets were in system and served aggressively, and Metro State was out of system.
Statistical leaders follow.
Attacking kills — Black Hills State: Madison Hoopman 10, Sierra Ward 6, Kindra Cerrone 4. Metro State: Avaline Lai 11.
Set assists — Black Hills State: Laurel Lech 14, Tess Thomas 11, Haedyn Rhoades 2. Metro State: Jessa Megenhardt 17.
Serving aces — Black Hills State: Rhoades 1. Metro State: Kayla White 1, Megenhardt 1.
Total blocks — Black Hills State: Mariah Robinson 6 (0 solo and 6 assist), Ward 6 (1 solo and 5 assist), Peyton Bodemann 2 (0 solo and 2 assist), Cerrone 2 (0 solo and 2 assist). Metro State: Ember Canty 5 (0 solo and 5 assist).
Digs — Black Hills State: Rhoades 19, Lech 9, Thomas 8. Metro State: Caiden Rexius 15.
Black Hills State ends its season at 12-15.
Carmichael said this tournament appearance will give the underclassmen a lot of confidence going forward, and it was a nice ending for the seniors.
Metro State, 22-6, will host Dixie State in a tournament semifinal this Friday. The Trailblazers (20-7) defeated CSU-Pueblo three games to one in their first-round match.
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