ThunderWolves lose emotional affair with Western New Mexico

ThunderWolves lose emotional affair with Western New Mexico

Pack falls in five sets in a night of dramatics.

SILVER CITY, N.M. ( - Nov. 4, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo needed a win Friday in a showdown with Western New Mexico if it were to have any real hope of hosting a home playoff game, and despite taking a two sets to one lead, the ThunderWolves couldn't hold on, losing in five.

After falling 25-18 in the first set, the ThunderWolves came back to dominate the second set, winning 25-18.

The dramatic and exhilirating set for the Pack was the third set.  The ThunderWolves were headed to defeat, trailing 24-21 and clinging to life while the Mustangs were on game point.  But the Pack circled the wagons in a big way, getting a pair of kills each from Bernadette Pitre (Sr., Clifton, Colo.) and Kacy Griffin (So., Houston, Tex.) as the ThunderWolves converted seven of the final nine points to capture an unlikely 28-26 win.

The ThunderWolves, however, got a taste of their own medicine in the fourth set, coming on the short end of a tight 26-24 set.  The ThunderWolves played the match to a 23-23 and a 24-24 tie before Western New Mexico converted the final two points to get the win.

The difference in the whole match was the fifth and decisive set, and Western New Mexico rose up, taking over after the teams switched sides at the midpoint, outscoring the Pack 7-4 down the stretch to secure the match with a 15-11 win.

The impact of the match is stark for the Pack - the loss also combined with an Adams State win tonight keeps the ThunderWolves from having any shot of hosting a home playoff game.  The ThunderWolves will finish in third place in the RMAC West Division, regardless of the outcome in its match against New Mexico Highlands tomorrow, and will travel to whichever team out of Western New Mexico and Adams State ends up finishing second in the RMAC West Division in a playoff game Tuesday night.