The ending to their 21 game winning streak couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Roadrunners volleyball team.
In their first loss since Sept. 10, the Runners lost to the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship game on Nov. 19. The win gave the Orediggers their second consecutive RMAC championship.
The game, hosted by the Runners, was over quickly. The Orediggers won the first set 25-18, a wide margin. The second set went much the same, and the Orediggers won by the same score. The Runners wouldn’t go quietly and battled back to win the third set 25-19, but were blown out in the fourth 25-14.
RMAC co-defensive player of the year Taryn Huber led the Orediggers defensively and tallied 18 digs in the match. They showcased a well-rounded offensive attack as well. LaRose Currie led the team with 15 kills, Madeline Behr had 12 and Janice Jin had 11. Marina Hansen led the team with 53 assists.
For the Runners, RMAC player and setter of the year Brandi Torr accrued the most assists with 46. Senior Michaela Smith led the team in kills with 15 and junior Ryan Hoerdemann followed with 14 of her own. Junior Jackie Lopez led MSU Denver with 16 digs.
The Runners and RMAC coach of the year Jenny Glenn now wait to hear their fate for the NCAA tournament. It is highly unlikely that they don’t make the tournament, as they currently sit ranked 17th overall in Division II. The Runners currently sit in second place in the NCAA regional rankings just behind a team they lost to early in the season, Angelo State.