PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Oct. 26, 2012) - The ThunderWolves' slim playoff hopes fell further out of focus Friday after Western New Mexico beat the ThunderWolves in a hard-fought four-set match, 25-20, 25-19, 25-27, 25-20.
In a match that featured a good amount of attack errors by both squads, CSU-Pueblo simply couldn't create as many scoring opportunities as the Mustangs. Western New Mexico registered 65 kills to just 45 for the Pack, led by an amazing night by RMAC Player of the Year favorite, Angelina Pulu, who had a double-double with 25 kills and 29 digs.
The ThunderWolves nearly clawed back in late in a wild fourth set that wound up as a 27-25 Pack win. CSU-Pueblo was leading 18-13 when the Mustangs rattled off eight of the next nine points to take a 21-19 lead.
Seeing the set fading, the Pack hunkered down, surviving three game points before using back-to-back blocks by Kacy Griffin (Jr., San Antonio, Texas) to force a fourth set.
But in the fourth set, despite playing the Mustangs tightly, the ThunderWolves never established a sizable lead. Western New Mexico closed the deal by scoring four straight points late, turning an 18-18 tie into a 22-18 lead and rode it to victory.
With four matches remaining, CSU-Pueblo's playoff chances hang by a thread as it is currently three games behind Colorado Mesa for the eighth and final playoff spot. The ThunderWolves will continue that quest next weekend when it travels to Western State to take on the Mountaineers.