The ThunderWolves attempted another new lineup to shake a recent slump, and it may have found consistency defensively after inserting junior Taren Frazier (Jr., Fowler, Colo.) in the libero position for the first time, but that didn't keep Colorado Mines from still cashing in on Pack errors to score a three-set sweep.
Frazier, normally an outside hitter who led the team in digs coming in to Saturday's game, got the start at libero, the sixth different libero the Pack has used this season. Frazier provided consistency and confidence in the back row that had been lacking most of the season. She recorded 11 digs against Mines.
"We were impressed with her performance," Pack coach Chris Jonson said. "We asked her to go out and play the libero role us, and she did a good job."
The trouble with Frazier's move from outside hitter - it opened up a hole in the Pack's front line attack.
The ThunderWolves committed 25 attack errors Saturday, putting up a cumulative attack percentage of just .021, compared to a .226 average by the Orediggers. Combined with service and reception errors, the ThunderWolves had 36 errors as opposed to just 22 by Mines.
"We're still a young team and we're trying to get some consistency," Jonson said. "We're hoping we can break out of this slump and move forward."
The ThunderWolves will go on a three-game road trip this week to Colorado Christian, Regis and Metro State before returning back home for a three-game stand the following weekend.