Pack volleyball drops season opener to Midwestern State, 3-2

Megan Schultz

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (September 5, 2014) ~ The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team took a 2-1 lead, but the host Midwestern State University Mustangs rallied to win the final two sets of the match to down the ThunderWolves, 3-2, on Friday morning at Ligon Coliseum.

The Pack's record falls to 0-1 on the young season, while Midwestern State improves to 1-0. CSU-Pueblo continues play in the MSU Hampton Inn-vitational this afternoon at 1 p.m. versus Cameron University.

The ThunderWolves outhit the Mustangs, .150 to .145 on the morning and registered eight service aces to the home team's seven. Midwestern State held the advantage in kills, 63-57, and digs, 109-104.

CSU-Pueblo's Megan Schultz (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) paced both squads with a career-high 16 kills. Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) and Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas) each tallied career best marks of 29 digs and 27 assists, respectively.

The Mustang's Casey Fletcher tallied a match-high 36 digs. Addison Semer sent down a team-best 15 kills, while teammate Sarah Rosinke led both squads with 52 assists.

The ThunderWolves opened the contest with a 25-20 set one victory. The Pack used a 14-6 run to break an eight-all tie and open up a 22-14 advantage. After the Mustangs closed the gap to within four, 24-20, Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) ended the set with a kill.

After falling behind 18-13 in set two, the Pack stormed back to knot the score at 21 apiece, forcing a Midwestern State timeout. The remainder of the set went back and forth with the Mustangs pulling out a 27-25 win to even the contest at 1-1.

Schultz recorded seven of her contest-best 16 kills during the second set, while Burnett tallied 11 digs during the frame.

Set three featured nine ties and seven lead changes. CSU-Pueblo held an 18-15 lead before the Mustangs reeled off five consecutive points to take a 19-18 advantage. After a timeout by head coach Jen Gomez, the ThunderWolves responded with a 7-3 spurt to close the contest and take a 2-1 advantage in the match.

The Mustangs fell behind 6-4 early in set four, but used a 13-4 run to seize control of the set en route to a 25-20 victory.

In the decisive fifth set, back-to-back aces from Midwestern State's Casey Fletcher shifted the momentum in favor of the home squad, propelling it to a 15-10 victory and the overall match win.