Pueblo, Colo. (September 21, 2016) - Colorado State University-Pueblo's Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) and Emery Taylor (R-Fr., Aurora, Colo.) have been named Pack Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by Mobile Record Shredders.
Michalski of the Pack volleyball team recorded her second double-double of the season to lead the Pack to a five-set upset win over Colorado Christian University in their RMAC opener. Michalski finished her night with 31 assists and 12 digs as she facilitated the Pack's offense. She also had two of the Pack's nine service aces.
Michalski dished out 14 more assists and recorded three more digs in three sets against No. 18 Colorado Mines. She is averaging 5.05 assists per set and 2.18 digs/set this season.
On the men's side Taylor earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday, in an announcement from the league office.
In his first career start, Taylor recorded two interceptions, which included an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 37-10 home victory versus South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Sept. 17. Both picks came in the second quarter, as his first one moved the Pack ahead 9-0 and the second set-up the Pack offense at the SDSM&T 22-yard line. Five plays later the Pack were in the end zone to take a 16-0 lead into the locker room.
Taylor totaled a career-high six tackles (three solo), which was the fourth best on the team in the win.
Prior to Taylor's two interceptions, the ThunderWolves hadn't brought in a pick in the first nine quarters of the season after leading the RMAC last season with 24.
The conference award is the first in Taylor's career and the first for the Pack this season.
CSU-Pueblo (1-2, 1-1 RMAC) plays host to New Mexico Highlands University (0-3, 0-2 RMAC) in an RMAC battle Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
The volleyball team returns home this week and battles Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines in RMAC action at Massari Arena.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.