ThunderWolves complete unlikely comeback to down Mines

The ThunderWolf volleyball team celebrates after coming back from a 2-0 deficit to win in five sets over Colorado Mines.

Pack completes emotional comeback in 2011 home debut.


PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 15, 2011) - For a while, it seemed like the same old ThunderWolves.

Down 2-0 to Colorado School of Mines, the CSU-Pueblo volleyball team was seeming like it was destined to fall in three in its RMAC opener for the third straight season. But the team proved this year was different, digging deep to knock back the Orediggers and come back for a five-set win, 19-25, 22-25, 25-18, 26-24, 15-10.

It was the first time since 2006 that CSU-Pueblo had come back from a two sets to none deficit to win.

After a down second set that saw the ThunderWolves squander points and hit just .083, they came back to battle with the Orediggers and take a lopsided 25-18 win in the third set to stay alive.

In the fourth set, the Pack started showing dominance and upping the efficiency, committing only three attack errors.  But both teams were matching one another blow for blow, as CSU-Pueblo couldn't pull more than two points ahead at any point in the set.  But they peaked at the right time, recording two straight blocks, first by Kacy Griffin (So., Houston, Tex.) and Bernadette Pitre (Sr., Clifton, Colo.), then by Janae Heiser (Sr., Westminster, Colo.) to go up 24-22.  Despite gifting the next two points to Mines, the Pack kept cool as Pitre recorded the final kill to deliver a 26-24 fourth-set win.

In the fifth and deciding set, CSU-Pueblo was not going to be denied, and proved it by absolutely dominating.  As a team, the ThunderWolves hit an unreal .692 in the fifth set, not recording a single attack error.  After the Pack went up 8-6 and switched sides, they went into high gear and converted seven of the next 11 points to win 15-10 and shock the Orediggers.

The win marked a memorable and emotional debut on the home court for new coach Jen Gomez, who led the Pack to its first win in an RMAC opener since 2006. 

CSU-Pueblo will look to shock again Friday night when it hosts fifth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney at Massari Arena.