ThunderWolves emerge from home tournament with three wins in four tries.
By WESTON ALLENBACK, GoThunderWolves.com Insider
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 8, 2012) - The CSU-Pueblo volleyball team ended the 2012 ThunderWolves Classic Sunday in scrappy fashion, splitting a pair of games and emerging with a 3-1 record in the tournament and a 7-1 record overall this season.
CSU-Pueblo opened the day with a matchup with a scrappy Cameron (OK) team, looking for a chance to make history by matching the school record for the best start ever (7-0). Though the ThunderWolves had two games to try and close out the Aggies, they fell in five games for their first loss of the season.
The Pack had a difficult time containing the Aggies' Rebecca Green, who tallied 24 kills in the win over the ThunderWolves. However crushing the loss was for head coach Jen Gomez and her team, they had a quick turnaround to try and right the ship.
"I think it was a good learning experience for us," Gomez said. "We have to learn to bounce back. It was hard to play so hard and lose in five to Cameron and turnaround to play again."
In the nightcap, the ThunderWolves got an early test from Eastern New Mexico, but quickly bounced back after a game two loss and got their seventh win of the season. With a final score of 3-1 in the finale of the ThunderWolves Classic, the Pack claimed the second best start in school history.
"I think it showed we have heart and character," Gomez said. "We have to learn to be better every time we step on the court."
Once again, the Pack got a huge performance out of senior middle blocker Angela McAdams (Sr., Blinn, Texas). In the second game against Eastern New Mexico, she played her best game of season thus far, igniting her team with 21 kills and a .714 attack percentage.
Not only did the stellar play from McAdams spark the team, it also landed her in the CSU-Pueblo record books. The .714 is the best four-set attack percentage in school history and stands out as one of the top games ever turned in by a ThunderWolf volleyball player.
"Angela's presence out there is huge," Gomez said. "Her demeanor on the court is influential on everyone. When she's on and in her zone, everything rides pretty easy."
She certainly didn't do it alone, however. The Pack got great play out of junior middle blocker Brianna Bryant (Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), who added 17 kills and five digs against the Zias. Just for good measure, senior libero Michelle Lambayan (Sr., Aiea, Hawaii) played a great defensive game, grabbing 31 digs.
The Pack closes out its preseason non-conference play Tuesday when it hosts Division III foe Colorado College before opening RMAC play on the road. They travel to Fort Lewis next Friday.