The ThunderWolves continued tinkering with the libero position to shore up the team's defense during Saturday's match with New Mexico Highlands, but it proved to be a case of "too little, too late" for the Pack, who were dropped by the Cowgirls three sets to one.
Amanda Stark (Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was inserted as the libero following the Pack's first set loss to Highlands, and was relatively solid in the position, keeping errors to a minimum and showing the ability to defend. But once Stark began to mesh with the defense, Highlands had already built a fairly daunting lead.
After winning the first set 25-19, Highlands was able fend off a Pack advance and earn a 25-23 win in the second set.
Behind Doreen Zamora, who led the Cowgirls in kills with 16, Highlands continued to make the Pack pay for errors and convert point at crucial times.
Things looked to go the ThunderWolves' way when they earned a 25-18 third set win, and began the fourth set with a quick 3-0 lead.
But the breaks began to go Highlands' way as they were able to go on a 13-7 run, and seal the win as Zamora stepped up to put the Pack away.
The loss marks the fourth in as many conference games for the ThunderWolves, and stretches their losing streak to eight.
The Pack will continue on its six-game home stand Tuesday when rival Adams State comes to town.