After losing to UC-Colorado Springs twice in the regular season, Metro volleyball avenged the losses in the 3-1 victory in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference quarterfinals at the Auraria Event Center Nov. 17.
“We’re 0-2 against this team and we’re not particularly fond of that,” said head coach Debbie Hendricks.
Junior outside hitter Michaela Smith had a dominant performance as she lead the team in kills with 22 as well as putting up a .294 hit percentage.
“We were ready for a battle. We started off slow but made sure we picked it up,” Smith said.
Second on the team in kills was senior outside hitter Summer Greager with 18 and right side sophomore Ryan Hoerdemann with 14 on the night.
Junior setter Brandi Torr dished out 51 assists for the night contributing to Smith’s powerful offensive.
The Roadrunners hit .290 for the game compared to UCCS’s .197.
“Everyone distributes something, we have so much fun,” Greager said. “If one of us is down we bring each other back up, we’re literally Energizer bunnies feeding off each other.”
In the first set UCCS came out strong and took the lead, but it didn’t last long as Metro came back scoring the last three points to finish 26-24. The second set started out even and remained steady as the Roadrunners trailed late and couldn’t get back in it as they lost 26-24, the only loss of the night.
Momentum shifted for the Runners as they came out strong in the third match with a much quicker pace. In between the final two sets, Metro had a change of energy that brought out the largest lead of the night. The Roadrunners would go on to win 25-18.
Riding on confidence, Metro was able to put a cap on the game and come away with the win in the last set 25-19.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and they made it very challenging,” Hendricks said. “I just want us to compete well from the first point to the last point.”
The Roadrunners will move on to play the No. 2 seed Colorado Mesa Mavericks in the RMAC semifinals Nov. 20 in Golden. Like UCCS, Metro is 0-2 against Mesa this season.
“When you beat a team you lost against it’s sweet, but when they beat you twice its even sweeter.” Smith said, “We’re both coming out fighting.”