ThunderWolves down Colorado College in non-conference tilt

ThunderWolves down Colorado College in non-conference tilt

Pack gets 14th win of the season.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Nov. 1, 2011) - For the second straight season, CSU-Pueblo made quick work of a nationally-ranked Colorado College team, winning in four sets, 26-24, 26-24, 18-25, 25-22.

Colorado College, a Division III squad that entered Tuesday's match ranked 13th in the country, actually out-hit the ThunderWolves, but the key to the match was the Pack's ability to pull out the most important points of each set.

In the first set, after watching as a 19-15 lead nearly melted away, the two squads were neck and neck with the first team to pull out consecutive points getting the upper hand to pull out the set.  With the set tied 24-24, the ThunderWolves got consecutive kills from Alea Wildman (Sr., Denver, Colo.) and Ashley Wilkinson (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) to win 26-24.

In the second set, CSU-Pueblo turned a 23-21 deficit into a win by converting five of the final six points.  Bernadette Pitre (Sr., Clifton, Colo.) was huge down the stretch, coming up with two kills, a block and a service ace in leading the Pack to another 26-24 win.

After a down third set, losing 25-18, the ThunderWolves again came back in the fourth.  Trailing 20-18, CSU-Pueblo went on a 7-2 run to close out the Tigers.  Pitre had three kills and a block during that series, while April Gonzales (Fr., Fowler, Colo.) added two kills and a block in clinching the win.

The victory gives the ThunderWolves its 14th win and assures at least a .500 finish to the season, its first season finishing at .500 or above since 2006.

The next matches are the biggest of the season as the ThunderWolves travel to Western New Mexico, with the right to host a home playoff game likely at stake, followed by the regular season finale at New Mexico Highlands Saturday.