Pack volleyball flying under the radar, according to RMAC coaches

CSU-Pueblo head coach Jen Gomez (right) runs drills during the Pack's fall camp.

ThunderWolves expected to struggle again in 2011, coaches prognosticate.

Related: 2011 RMAC Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ( - Aug. 16, 2011) - Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coaches have predicted CSU-Pueblo will miss the RMAC Playoffs for the fifth straight season, picking the Pack to finish 11th out of 14 teams in the 2011 RMAC Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Poll. 

Last season, CSU-Pueblo went 11-15 overall and 6-12 in RMAC play.  It finished tied for 12th in the RMAC standings alongside Adams State.  Seven seniors return to the squad for the 2011 season.

CSU-Pueblo was picked to finish fifth in the RMAC West Division, ahead of basement dwellers Western State and New Mexico Highlands.  Under a proposed new playoff structure, which awards a playoff berth to the top four finishers in each division, CSU-Pueblo would be one spot away from a berth.  Last season, the top eight finishers in the conference, regardless of division, made the playoffs.  A final ruling on the new playoff structure is expected this month.

The ThunderWolves hope to shrug off the low expectations with a quick start to the season, going on the road to two tournaments - The Rockhurst Classic in Kansas City, Mo. on Sept. 2-3 and the Dallas Baptist Lady Patriot Classic in Dallas Sept. 9-10.