Pack hits panic button, falls to Regis

Pack hits panic button, falls to Regis

Regis 3, CSU-Pueblo 2

CSU-Pueblo held a 12-8 lead in the fifth set against Regis at Massari Arena Friday, but collapsed down the stretch as Regis eeked out a 15-13 deciding set win and stole a win from the Pack.

The final set saw the ThunderWolves establishing short-term dominance, led by their front line, which converted 16 blocks on the night and saw Bernadette Pitre (So., Clifton, Colo.) tie a school record for most block assists in a five-set match with eight. 

But errors ruled the day as both squads showed inaccuracies at the net, as CSU-Pueblo hit .136 and Regis .142.  It was also errors that defined the Pack's collapse.

After taking the 12-8 fifth-set lead, three straight attack errors by Alea Wildman (So., Denver, Colo.), gave Regis a 13-12 lead.  The Pack would benefit from a Regis service error before committing an error of their own, giving Regis all they would need to secure a slim win.

"We competed well, but we should have won," Pack coach Chris Jonson said.  "We didn't do enough to win."

The ThunderWolves' night wasn't without amazing individual exploits.  Megan Koop (Fr., Littleton, Colo.) led the Pack with a career-high 13 kills and a .375 attack percentage, adding six blocks.  Pitre, in addition to her eight blocks, registered 10 kills.

CSU-Pueblo will return to the hardwood Saturday when it hosts Metro State at the Third Annual Block Out Breast Cancer event.