Pack finishes season with a flurry, sweeps WNMU

Pack finishes season with a flurry, sweeps WNMU

ThunderWolves net first sweep of Mustangs since 1986.


PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Nov. 6, 2010) - With the playoffs out of the question and with pride being the only thing left to play for, CSU-Pueblo left it all on the court Saturday night, scoring a three-set sweep of Western New Mexico and closing its 2010 campaign with a four-match win streak.

A strong attack and nearly flawless back row play lifted the ThunderWolves, who turned in 47 kills in the match and spread the bulk of the offense between the foursome of Alea Wildman (Jr., Denver, Colo.), Bernadette Pitre (Jr., Clifton, Colo.), Tamia Herholz (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Janae Heiser (Jr., Westminster, Colo.)

The most notable performance was turned in by Heiser, who had rode the bench most of the season, but played her way into the rotation in the final matches of the season, and delivered in a big way Saturday.  The team's leader in kills in 2009 turned in a match-high 15 kills to just three errors for a career-best .444 attack percentage. 

But as impressive as Heiser was up front, libero Ashley Michel (Jr., Brighton, Colo.) was just as dominant in the back.  She shattered a school record for most digs in a three-set match with 29, not making a single reception error.  The old record was 26, set by Michelle Chlopek in 2005.

The win marked the ThunderWolves' first over Western New Mexico since 2006, which up until Saturday, had been the only the Pack had gained over the Mustangs since they joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2006.

Even more impressive, the win marked the Pack's first sweep of the Mustangs since 1986 and just the third sweep of Western New Mexico in school history.

CSU-Pueblo finishes the 2010 season with an 11-15 record and a 6-12 mark in RMAC play.  The future will be uncertain for the Pack, which will be searching for a new coach after current coach, Chris Jonson, tendered his resignation three weeks ago.