Pack rallies to steal one from Fort Lewis

CSU-Pueblo senior Janae Heiser puts up the Pack's first serve during their five-set win over Fort Lewis Saturday.  Heiser, who suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this season, was put on the floor one last time to send her off for

Pack gets one step closer to playoff berth with come-from-behind win.

PUEBLO, Colo. ( - Oct. 22, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo was able to rally back from a two sets to one deficit against Fort Lewis Saturday, putting an exclamation point on "Senior Day" with a five-set win over the Skyhawks, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-9.

The ThunderWolves struggled in the first three sets, coming just shy of securing wins in the second and third sets after winning the first set 25-21, also in come-from-behind fashion.  The Pack undid a 12-6 deficit in the first set before storming back for the win.  But losses in the following sets, including a heartbreaking 25-23 loss in the third set, made the ThunderWolves particularly hungry.

CSU-Pueblo responded with a much improved fourth set, turning a 7-3 deficit into a Pack lead, jumping up 15-10 after converting 12 of the following 15 points, tenuously hanging on for the 25-21 win.

But the Pack again turned in a great home performance in the fifth set, as it had in tiebreaking sets in front of the home crowd all season long, jumping out 8-5 before switching sides and continuing to power through for the 15-9 win.

The ThunderWolves were led offensively by Bernadette Pitre (Sr., Clifton, Colo.) and Alea Wildman (Sr., Denver, Colo.), each with 16 kills apiece to lead the team.  Kacy Griffin (So., Houston, Tex.) added 51 assists and Ashley Michel (Sr., Brighton, Colo.) had 28 digs.

And the most moving moment of the night was had by Janae Heiser (Sr., Westminster, Colo.), the victim of a season-ending knee injury earlier this season, who limped on the court to serve on the floor one final time.

CSU-Pueblo, now 12-10 overall and 8-6 in RMAC play, will remain at home for its final home game Tuesday, when it hosts Western State for Block Out Breast Cancer Awareness night.