ThunderWolves fall to Adams State as playoff hopes hang in the balance

ThunderWolves fall to Adams State as playoff hopes hang in the balance

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Nov. 9, 2013) - CSU-Pueblo dropped three straight sets in its final home match of the season, falling in four to Adams State Saturday night.

The ThunderWolves began hot, winning the first set 28-26 in a back-and-forth match.  The Pack jumped out to a sizable lead, going up by as much as 17-11 at one point, but Adams State played its way back into it, even moving the set to set point, up 24-22.  But the ThunderWolves rallied, using a few Adams State attack errors to get the advantage back, then converting three straight points on front-line kills from Morgan Wilkening (So., Fleming, Colo.), Brianna Bryant (Sr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Megan Schultz (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) to deliver the 28-26 win.

But the good times really ended there as Adams State turned on its A-game, playing virtually mistake free volleyball throughout and showing the ability to dig out nearly every CSU-Pueblo attack and block attempt.  In fact, even during the third set, where Adams State claimed a 25-11 win, the Grizzlies didn't commit a single attack error, hitting over .500.

With the loss, CSU-Pueblo is now tied with UC-Colorado Springs for ninth place in the RMAC standings, needing to make its way to eighth to qualify for the RMAC playoffs.  Current eighth place team, Fort Lewis, lost Saturday, calling to 8-9 on the season in RMAC play, one game ahead of CSU-Pueblo and UCCS.

The ThunderWolves will end its regular season on the road with big showdowns at Colorado Mesa and Fort Lewis next Friday and Saturday.