DENVER, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Oct. 17, 2013) - Thursday, CSU-Pueblo nearly exorcised 14 years' worth of demons.
After jumping out to a two sets none lead over Metro State, a team it hadn't beaten since 1999, when CSU-Pueblo volleyball head coach Jen Gomez was a player with the ThunderWolves, CSU-Pueblo couldn't close the deal as the break allowed Metro State to refocus and win three straight sets to upend the Pack 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-5.
Even being in the position to score such an upset of a Metro State team that has regularly been nationally ranked in recent years was an accomplishment in of itself. The Pack has been decimated by injuries as starting libero Alex Sansavera (So., San Antonio, Texas) and starting setter Kacy Griffin (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) each missed Thursday's game. After Griffin's injury last weekend against Colorado Christian, the ThunderWolves quickly folded, being outscored 36-13 after she left the game.
But given a whole week to practice with the new configuration, the ThunderWolves adapted quickly to its new look. It not only kept up with Metro State, it was markedly better. Over the first two sets, CSU-Pueblo not only won 25-23 and 25-21, but it out-hit the Roadrunners, recorded better than a .250 hit percentage over the first two sets, and setter Jordan Bruere (So., Rio Rancho, N.M.) averaged 13 assists per set two sets in.
But at the match's intermission after the second set, Metro State did what good teams do - focus and rally.
The Roadrunners dominated the rest of the match, holding sizable advantages throughout as the Pack wouldn't pose a credible threat to win another set. Metro State rebounded to hit .254 for the match while CSU-Pueblo ended up hitting .147.
Three ThunderWolves ended the match with 10 kills or more, led by Marissa Calvillo (So., Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Brianna Bryant (Sr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) with 13 each. Bruere averaged just under 10 assists per set.
CSU-Pueblo will continue on its three-match road trip as it travels to Regis Friday night.