(Neb.)- Postseason Fate At Stake This Weekend In Denver
CHADRON, Neb. -- Chadron State College volleyball holds its postseason hopes in its own hands this weekend, as the team travels to Denver for the final weekend of the regular season. The Eagles are one half-game behind Black Hills State for the eighth seed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament, and a full game behind Adams State for No. 7, as they face a pair of tough road matches at Colorado Christian on Friday, and at No. 16 Colorado Mines on Saturday.
Both opponents won in three sets at the Chicoine Center in October. In addition, both will celebrate Senior Night with the Eagles.
CCU punched their RMAC Tournament ticket with the win in Chadron two weeks ago, and is now assured of the No. 4 seed in the conference postseason as a result of an MSU Denver win over Colorado Mesa last Saturday, and a loss to Colorado Mines on Tuesday. As a result, the Cougars will host a tournament match early next week.
Colorado Mines will be playing for at least a share of the RMAC Championship, with a 16-1 conference record identical to that of No. 11 Regis University. CSM would share the title with a win, and would earn it outright, along with the top tournament seed, with a win combined with a Regis loss on Saturday. The Orediggers can do no worse than the No. 2 seed, since they own a tiebreaker over MSU Denver, who has secured the No. 3 seed.
Chadron State's path to the postseason is simple: win two matches, and the team advances.
The picture complicates somewhat if CSC loses one of the two. Black Hills State must then lose its Friday matchup at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Since the Eagles own a head-to-head tiebreaker with two wins over the Yellow Jackets, they win any two-way tie with their rival. BHSU triumphed in five sets against South Dakota Mines on Tuesday, assuring that the Eagles cannot lose both matches and make the tournament, regardless of any other outcomes.
The Chadron State program earned its first double-digit wins since 2007 last weekend by taking road matches from BHSU and South Dakota Mines.
First serve in Lakewood on Friday is at 7 p.m., while Colorado Mines is set for 5 p.m. Saturday in Golden.
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