SILVER CITY, N.M. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 29, 2012) - Despite matching Western New Mexico nearly swing for swing for most of the match Saturday, CSU-Pueblo fell in four sets to the Mustangs, 25-20, 26-28, 25-22, 25-23.
The ThunderWolves were very effective on the front row all night long, hitting a solid .238 and registering nine team blocks, but the difference was in the Mustangs' ability to attack more effectively, especially from the outside, and find holes in the Pack defense.
Western New Mexico outside hitter Angelina Pulu hit .353 and gathered 22 kills agains the ThunderWolves, going up for the attack a startling 51 times, a full third of all the Mustangs' attacks.
On the flip side, the ThunderWolves' outsides were hardly as effective. With middle blockers Brianna Bryant (Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and true freshman Alex Winkler (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) leading the team offensively, getting 15 and 16 kills, respectively, as they combined to hit a stellar .414 on the night, the outside hitters could never quite get going. The Pack outside and right side hitters got just 23 kills in 82 attempts, committing 13 errors and combining to hit just .122 as a unit.
With the loss, CSU-Pueblo falls to 11-5, but its strong overall record is overridden by its slow start to conference play, just 2-4 through the first three weekends of play. CSU-Pueblo will square off with Division I Wyoming Monday before continuing its road trip with dates at Colorado Christian and Colorado Mines next weekend.