The ThunderWolves' 2008 season came to an end Saturday as the Pack faced a Western State team that had a banner day from its front line, losing three sets to none, 25-18, 25-17, and 27-25.
Western State's front line displayed absolute dominance of the ThunderWolves, putting up 12 blocks and only committing 15 attack errors for an attack percentage of .203. By comparison, the Pack committed 26 attack errors and did not register a single block throughout the entire match.
"It's frustrating, because I feel like we finished our season last night," Pack coach Chris Jonson. "We didn't show up and this isn't like we'd hope we'd go out."
The ThunderWolves' performance will leave a bad taste in their mouths, as it came in the final game of a frustrating 2008 season. The Pack ended the campaign 5-22, and 3-16 in RMAC play.
The 2008 season featured a changing of the guard for the ThunderWolves as an influx of freshman got into the lineup and saw a great deal of playing time. Led by front line players Alea Wildman (Fr., Denver, Colo.), Bernadette Pitre (Fr., Clifton, Colo.), and Brittney Hanley (Vancouver, Wash.), back row defender and setter Amanda Stark (Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and an all-conference candidate in setter Ashley Michel (Fr., Brighton, Colo.), the ThunderWolves began to mesh but showed the inevitable growing pains of a squad dominated by youth.
"We brought in a young class that needed experience, and they got it," Jonson said. "We've seen a lot of growth and few of them have transformed into good players already. They have bright futures."