Last Saturday's loss to Metro State didn't hurt CMU volleyball in terms of making the RMAC tournament, the Mavs already clinched a spot in that, but it did put them in danger of falling to the sixth and last seed.
Things get tougher for the Mavs as they wrap up the regular season this week with third place Metro State and then travel to first place Regis. The loss to the Roadrunners ended Mesa's five game winning streak, but this time Metro comes to Brownson Arena where the Mavs are 6-2 this season.
Thursday is senior night for Mesa and the team is approaching these matches like a "win or go home" scenario to prep for the RMAC tournament.
"There's definitely pressure there," said senior Hattie Gianinetti. "I think it's good pressure and I think we have the potential as a team to do really well. We've been working really hard, so I hope it comes together and all our hard work pays off."
"I think we just needed to improve on a few things and we're really close," said senior Megan Gianinetti. "I believe in the team and think if we have that we're going to be really successful this weekend."
"Even though we lost to Metro on Saturday, I think we learned that we can compete with them," said Head Coach Dave Fleming. "We weren't sure. The teams that we were playing the two weekends before that were all sub .500, so that was kind of a big one for us."
Mesa is a couples game behind Colorado Christian in the RMAC standings, but even with two wins the Cougars own the season tiebreaker, so at best, the Mavericks will be the five-seed. The Mavericks hold the tiebreaker over sixth place UCCS, but if they lose to Metro and Regis and the Mountain Lions win two, CMU will fall to the six-seed.
The game against Metro State is this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Brownson Arena.