ThunderWolves build confidence with sweep of CCU

ThunderWolves build confidence with sweep of CCU

CSU-Pueblo 3, Colorado Christian 0

By Simone Peinkofer

The ThunderWolves halted a five-game skid against Colorado Christian Thursday, downing the Cougars three sets to none.

The win was the Pack's eighth straight over Colorado Christian in as many meetings, dating back to 2002. 

The ThunderWolves didn't exact the kind of dominance they had hoped over Colorado Christian, winning 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19, but they were able to convert key points throughout the match. "We didn't play the best game, but we finished the game," Pack head coach Chris Jonson said.

At the beginning of the first set, both teams were equally strong. After a few inaccuracies on both sides, the teams showed good moves and fought hard for their points. The T-Wolves were always one step in front of the Cougars, and got on a run to take a 16-12 lead. The opposing team caught up, trailing 19-18, but the ThunderWolves closed them out for the 25-22 win.

In the second set, both teams stayed very close. This time the Cougars were always one step in front of the T-Wolves, and they took the leadership to a score of 8-5. The T-Wolves tried hard to get to a tie of 8-8. After showing high-level volleyball, the T-Wolves took the leadership, and brought the score up to 15-12. In the end the T-Wolves won the second set 25-19.

In the third set, both teams fought hard for the points, but the Cougars took the leadership to a score of 7-2. The T-Wolves were not focused, and hit a lot of balls out of the field. The Cougars totally dominated over the T-Wolves, and they had some difficulties to find back in the game. But they finally caught up, and brought the score to a tie of 16-16. Then the T-Wolves took the leadership, and won the third set 25-19.

The ThunderWolves' front line was tough, led by Megan Koop (Fr., Littleton, Colo.), Alea Wildman (So., Denver, Colo.) and Bernadette Pitre (So., Clifton, Colo.).  Koop and Wildman each recorded eight kills while Pitre had seven.  The trio also combined for eight blocks.

Friday, the ThunderWolves will host Regis, a team the Pack hasn't beaten since 2007.

"Tomorrow I expect a battle, we play against one of the best teams in the conference," Jonson said.