By Emma Mueller
The Adams State volleyball team traveled to Kearney Nebraska to play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Quarterfinal Tournament, which began on Thursday. The Grizzlies put up a strong fight, but unfortunately did not make it past the first round, losing to Mesa State College in the second quarterfinal match.
ASC was seeded seventh, won the opening set with a score of 25-20, but lost late in the second and third sets. They pulled through and won the fourth set and continued on to a fifth but were unable to win the final set. Their overall scores for each set were 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 19-25, and 15-11, placing them at the end of their season overall at 14-4.
Senior middle hitter Darcy Jennings-Calkins had 23 kills and 10 blocks during Thursday evening’s match, as well has having 30.5 total points, finishing up her career with 1.252 kills and 512 blocks. She had two services aces during the match that brought her up to an even 100 for her career. She will finish her career ranked second in ASC history for career kills and blocks and will leave the volleyball program as ASC’s NCAA Division II era 1992-Present record holder in kills, blocks attacks (3248), total points (1740.5), matches played (113) and games/sets played (422). She is the only player in ASC history who has ever earned all four All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference accolades.
Junior setter Mary McNeil had a double-double and three other double-figure kill performances, 51 assists and 10 digs. Freshman outside hitter Dominique Davis had 15 kills during the match and junior middle Kelsey Miller had 10 as well as freshman Callyn Weyenberg. Sophomore AJ Palmer, the team’s libero, recorded a match high of 21 digs. McNeil finished the season with 1,010 assists, while Palmer had 414 digs this season—the most of any Grizzly in the past four years.
The Grizzlies had a well played season, and fans will be anxious for their return next year.