Pack misses out on opportunity to upset UCCS

Pack misses out on opportunity to upset UCCS

By Weston Allenback, GoThunderWolves.com Insider

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Oct. 13, 2012) - CSU-Pueblo's volleyball team nearly got pesky win, but failed to break a six-game losing streak as it lost in four sets to RMAC rival UC-Colorado Springs Saturday night at Massari Arena.

The Pack stormed out of the gates early in the first set but stumbled, finding themselves trailing late and facing a game point. A long rally, eventually won by the ThunderWolves, was ultimately the difference maker and gave the Pack a much needed lead.

Game two however, was a different story entirely. Though the ThunderWolves saw a glimpse of a lead midway through, they seemed to run out of game changing plays late and allowed the Mountain Lions to play their way back into the match. With the late sputter, the Pack didn't just lose their lead they lost the momentum they had gained with a solid first game win.

"Volleyball is a game of momentum and I think it switches easily," Pack head coach Jen Gomez said. "We have to put together more runs of points to keep that momentum on our side. Right now we are making two great plays but then giving up three."

Missing out on a golden opportunity to increase their lead to two games, the Pack was indeed knocked back onto their heels, and couldn't find a way to get the ball to bounce in their favor. Game three was a story that goes much like the one in game two. With an opportunity to win and the lead on their side the ThunderWolves again lost that late lead and fell down two games to one.

It seemed as if the Pack found a little bit of that magic from earlier in the match and nearly forced a game five. Falling down 20-15 it looked as if they were down for the count, but they fought back, running off eight straight points grabbing a 23-20 lead. Eventually getting a shot at two game point and miss firing on both, the Pack lost the momentum once again losing the game 26-24 and the match 3-1.

"It is the same thing that I have been saying the whole season - we need to be more consistent," Gomez said. "When our passing is on, our attacking has to be on. When our blocking is good, our defense has to be solid. So the consistency is where we are struggling and I don't know if we are going to be able to be a great team if we are not more consistent."

The loss drops the Pack to .500 at 11-11, but more harming, it drops the Pack's RMAC record to a dreary 2-9.  Additionally, in the lone matchup with UCCS this season, the game gave the season series in volleyball to the Mountain Lions, and thus, the volleyball points in the "Steel and Silver Series," the all-sports competition between the two schools.

The ThunderWolves get a five-day layoff to find a way to fix their problems getting consistent play before they continue RMAC play Thursday when they travel to Chadron State to battle the Eagles.