Despite showing the propensity to make a shaky Fort Lewis team pay for its numerous errors, the ThunderWolves remained a step behind the Skyhawks all match long, losing three sets to one.
The Pack opened up early leads in three of the four sets, including a 4-0 lead at the opening of the match, forcing a Fort Lewis timeout. But the Skyhawks then countered with a 5-point run, which put them in control of the set throughout as Fort Lewis scored a 25-19 first set win.
In the second set, the ThunderWolves fired on all cylinders, benefitting from four kills by Lindsay Black (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) and dominating en route to a 25-18 win.
But the ThunderWolves lost control of the match in the third set, as Fort Lewis relied on a late surge to turn a match that was 16-16 at one point into a 25-19 Skyhawk win.
The Pack fought valiantly in the fourth set, holding the lead through the 14th point before Fort Lewis turned in a three-point flurry that gave them the lead, which they protected the rest of the way, clinching the match win.
The ThunderWolves had very effective games from Black, who registered 13 kills for .281 attack percentage, and Melissa Jones (So., Longmont, Colo.), who had 8 kills and a .286 attack percentage. Alea Wildman (Fr., Denver, Colo.) also added 10 kills in an up-and-down match.
The ThunderWolves' loss drops their record to 5-21 overall and 3-15 in RMAC play. The will finish their season Saturday night against Western State.