WT #9 meets #22 Colorado School of Mines in the NCAA Regional semifinals

DENVER, Colorado- No. 9 West Texas A&M (28-4, 16-0 LSC) meets the No. 22 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers (22-7, 15-3 RMAC) in Friday’s NCAA Division II South Central Regional semifinals. , November 19, with first serve for 5 p.m. MT at the Auraria Event Center on the MSU Denver campus in Denver, Colorado.

WATCH THE PARTY

WT will host a watch party at the First United Bank Center at 4:00 pm CT following the women’s basketball game vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State.

LIVE BROADCAST

Live statistics will be available for all seven regional games provided by the MSU Denver Athletic Communications division. All seven volleyball championship games will be streamed on roadrunnersall-access.com.

Game Times/Schedule
Thursday, 11/17
Match 1: 1pm CT – #2 West Texas A&M 3, #7 UT Tyler 0
Game 2: 3:30pm CT – #6 Colorado School of Mines 3, #3 Regis 2
Game 3: 6pm CT -No. 1 MSU Denver 3, No. 8 CSU Pueblo 0
Game 4: 8:30 p.m. CT – #5 Colorado Mesa 3, #4 Dallas Baptist 2

Friday, 11/18
Game 5: 6pm CT – No. 2 West Texas A&M vs. No. 6 Colorado School of Mines
Game 6: 8:30 p.m. CT – #1 MSU Denver vs. #5 Colorado Mesa

Saturday, November 19th

Game 7: 7 p.m. CT – Championship game

DETECTING MINES

The Colorado School of Mines advanced to the semifinals after upsetting No. 3 Regis in a five-set thriller while Mines secured the fifth set 15-12. The Orediggers entered the NCAA Tournament No. 6 for the second straight season after finishing the regular season 22-7, 15-3 in RMAC action. Mines is led by 14th-year head coach Jamie Magalei, who has led the program to an overall record of 340-109.

Orediggers setter Drew Stokes and outside hitter Rose Stuewe received D2CCA First and Second Team All-Region honors Thursday night. Stuewe leads the Orediggers with 368 kills on 857 swings with 140 offense errors to hit .266, averaging 3.57 kills per set, while Stow led the offense with 1,225 assists and 11.78/set for third place occupied in the nation. Shannon Perna has a team-high 29 aces this season, while Elle Duis leads with 481 digs (4.63/set) and Emily Knight has 63.0 blocks overall.

THE SERIES

Friday’s game marks the fifth meeting between the two programs, with WT leading the all-time series 5-0. In the final matchup, the Lady Buffs upset the Orediggers in a five-set thriller in last season’s South Central Regional Quarterfinals. The Lady Buffs fell behind in the first set before Mines leveled the match 2-2 to force the fifth before WT won the match with a 15-13 set win.

A WIN WOULD

A win on Friday would take the Lady Buffs to the Regional Finals on Saturday, November 19 at 6:00 pm MT where they will meet the winner of No. 1 MSU Denver and No. 5 Colorado Mesa.

A LOOK AT THE BRACKET

MSU Denver (28-1) took the top spot and will host the regional tournament, followed by WT (27-4), Regis (22-7), DBU (25-6), Colorado Mesa (21-6), Colorado School of Mines (21-7), UT Tyler (20-9) and Colorado State-Pueblo (19-8) round out the eight region picks.

WT defeated UT Tyler in the first quarterfinal round, while Colorado School of Mines upset Regis in five, MSU Denver defeated CSU Pueblo in three, and Colorado Mesa defeated DBU in five.

WE HAVE BEEN HERE

The Lady Buffs will air the show on April 29thth Entering Thursday’s NCAA tournament after securing the Lone Star Conference’s automatic bid to be the league’s tournament champion. WT has earned 14 regional tournament titles and amassed an overall record of 52-25 during the tournament.

ADD TO CV
Torrey Miller and Taytum Stow were named to the D2CCA First Team All-Region selection Thursday night. WT was the only South Central Region school where two players received First Team honors.

LSC Tournament MVP Miller was named First Team All-Region for a second straight season after helping the Lady Buffs to their second straight LSC regular season and tournament title. The junior, from Brownwood, Texas, ranked fifth among DII’s active career leaders during her time at WT with 4.02 kills per set, while ranked eighth with 1,511 kills overall, which ranks WT fifth all-time .

Stow, a freshman from Hereford, Texas, made an instant impression for the lady buffs at net in her collegiate debut with 119.0 total blocks. She leads the LSC in blocks per set with 1.23, which ranks ninth in DII while she is 30thth in total blocks. Stow led Lady Buff’s offense in the regional quarterfinals with 10 kills and five blocks.

WT HEAD COACH KENDRA POTTS
Kendra Potts is in her fourth season at the top of Lady Buff Volleyball with an overall record of 86-20 (.896) and 53-10 (.841) in league play. Potts led the program to its second straight LSC tournament title and second under Potts, including the Lady Buffs 17th unbeaten league schedule with a perfect 16-0 record. She introduced her alma mater to her 14th birthdayth NCAA Elite Eight Appears after winning the South Central Regional title last season to become the sixth head coach in program history to lead WT to the Elite Eight.

THE PAYMENT

WT bats .262 as a team finishing second and 16th in the Lone Star Conferenceth in Division II while ranking eighth in the nation in blocks per set (2.50), 17th in kills per set (13.99), 18th in Opponent’s Hit Rate (0.133), 17thth assists per set (12.83) and 13th in total blocks (260.0)

In the individual races, Taytum Stow ranks ninth in DII (1.23) and 29th in blocks per setth total blocks (114.0) during Torrey Miller is 27th in points per set (4.41) and 35th in kills per set (3.76).

IN THE POLLS

RMAC Champions MSU Denver leads the national rankings with a 28-1 aggregate record, followed by Wayne State (29-2), Concordia-St. Paul (26-5), Alaskan Anchorage (27-2) and Tampa (27-3). Other programs from the South Central Region represented in the standings include WT (9thth), Regis (14th), Colorado Mesa (18th) and Colorado School of Mines (22nd).

MAKE A DOUBLE DOUBLE

Four players have recorded double-doubles this season Abi Nash, Torrey MillerAinsley Malis and Blair Moreland 17 in total. Torrey Miller leads the category with nine in the season, which includes 147 kills and 118 digs. Malis is second with six, followed by Nash and Moreland with one each.

THE LSC SHIP

The Lady Buffs swept to 17th place on the programth Lone Star Conference Tournament title after defeating 2nd seed DBU Patriots. WT won nine straight sets during the tournament Kayla Elliott, Abi Nash and Torrey Miller was named to the All-Tournament Team, while Miller was named Tournament MVP.

WT .348 in the championship game with 43 kills on 92 tries with 11 errors, plus 39 digs, 39 assists, eight blocks and six aces serve, while DBU had 39 kills on 103 swings with 17 errors to .214 with 36 digs to hit , 37 assists, six blocks and three aces.

miller led the Lady Buffs with 11 kills on 25 attempts to hit .320. Ainsley Malis accelerated the offensive with 18 assists Blair Moreland had a match high with two aces. Bryli Contreras registered 13 digs to lead the back row, while Emma Becker and Taytum Stow each produced four blocks.

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