PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 22, 2012) - CSU-Pueblo was hoping Saturday's match against 1-10 would be a walk in the park, but the Mountaineers nearly stole it away from the Pack as the ThunderWolves won in five, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 19-25, 15-10.
The match gave the Pack its first conference win this season as it improves to 10-4 overall and 1-3 in RMAC play.
CSU-Pueblo cruised in the first set, rallying back from an early 6-2 deficit to jump out to an 18-10 lead and get on the fast track to a first-set win.
In the second set, though, the ThunderWolves let one slip away as a close match that was tied at 20-20 down the stretch broke for Western State. The Mountaineers came away with five of the final seven points as two attack errors down the stretch helped sink the Pack.
The third set was more favorable for the Pack, as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead and rode it to a 25-17 win.
But Western State owned the fourth set, going up 8-2 and riding the momentum to a 25-19 win and forcing the fifth and deciding set.
Luckily for the Pack, it was never truly in danger as it held the lead for all but one point, converting five of the final six points to win 15-10.
CSU-Pueblo was hoping Saturday's match against 1-10 would be a walk in the park, but the Mountaineers nearly stole it away from the Pack as the ThunderWolves won in five.
Brianna Bryant (Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) was the big player for the Pack, recording 15 kills without a single error, hitting .577. She also added three blocks.
CSU-Pueblo will now head on a five-match road trip, beginning with New Mexico Highlands in Tuesday.