PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Oct. 25, 2013) - CSU-Pueblo claimed its second consecutive straight-set win Friday night, downing Black Hills State 25-20, 25-16, 25-23.
CSU-Pueblo wasn't extremely crisp in its play, only hitting .129 as a team and running into problems dealing with the Yellow Jackets' block, which came through with seven blocks and returned countless balls back into the ThunderWolves' end all night long. But to the Pack's credit, it warmed up well to the Black Hills State block and continued rallies to get much needed points, especially in the second and third sets.
With an attack that usually draws its strength from its middle blockers, the ThunderWolves were led by its outside and right side hitters Friday. Marissa Calvillo (So., Rio Rancho, N.M.) led the Pack with 11 kills, hitting a team-best .280. Morgan Wilkening (So., Fleming, Colo.) followed suit with nine kills while southpaw Sierra Moran (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) delivered eight kills from the right side in a very productive night.
Defensively, though, is there the Pack shined the most as the back row, anchored by ever-improving libero Katie Burnett (Fr., Austin, Texas), who has been pushed into duty for the injured Alex Sansavera (So., San Antonio, Texas), led the Pack with 17 digs. Though most of her best work didn't show up on the stat sheet, as she was the key receiver on would-be blocks pushed back into the ThunderWolves' end all night long.
The setting was also solid as Kacy Griffin (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) turned in a successful night despite a few missteps at time, averaging 11.67 assists per set.
With the win, CSU-Pueblo claims its first consecutive straight set wins since 2011, improving to 9-13 overall and 6-7 in conference play. The Pack will go on the road next weekend to face New Mexico Highlands, Western New Mexico and Colorado College before returning home to face Western State and Adams State.