ThunderWolves snag two more wins to stay undefeated.
By WESTON ALLENBACK, GoThunderWolves.com Insider
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 7, 2012) - The CSU-Pueblo women's volleyball team opened their home schedule Friday hosting Montana State-Billings and Missouri Southern State at the ThunderWolves Classic at CSU-Pueblo, ending the day with a pair of convincing wins and improving to 6-0 on the young season - its second-best start in school history.
The Pack outlasted a winless - but feisty - Montana State-Billings team in four sets before downing Missouri Southern State in three.
"What we did well is never give up," head coach Jen Gomez said. "We have been playing catch up too much though and really need to learn how to get the lead versus playing catch up all the time. I am really proud of our kids, they just don't quit."
If the ThunderWolves are able to win their next two games, which are set to be played tomorrow at Massari Arena, they will be off to the best start in school history, which currently stands at 7-0.
"I am afraid to look that far ahead," Gomez said. "What we need to do is take it one match at a time. I would be overjoyed as an alumnus of this program and the current coach. I just think it's a great way to start the season for this group of kids."
As the Pack entered their late-morning match with Montana State-Billings and maybe a chance at re-writing history in the back of their minds, surely the win over Missouri Southern State put things into perspective.
After losing the first game in their matchup Montana State-Billings the Pack found their form, running off three straight games to take the match with a 3-1 win. Though they only won by a combined seven points in those winning games, the Pack grinded out what proved to be a tough match.
As difficult as the first game was, however, things went smoothly in their second match of the day. The Pack won a clean sweep over Missouri Southern State with a dominating performance from the entire ThunderWolf team.
The Pack was once again led by senior middle blocker Angela McAdams (Sr., Blinn, Texas), who accounted for 25 kills and 5 blocks in the wins. Coming off RMAC Defensive Player of the Week, McAdams will need to continue her hot start to the season if in fact the Pack want to enter the CSU-Pueblo history books - and more importantly, be in good shape heading into conference play - by the end of the weekend.
In addition to McAdams' strong play Friday, the Pack also got huge help from senior libero Michelle Lambayan (Sr., Aiea, Hawaii), who collected 35 digs in the two matches.
The Pack will continue play at 11 a.m. in the morning against Cameron (OK) and finish up the ThunderWolves Classic at 7 p.m. with a match against Eastern New Mexico.