ThunderWolves rally but fall short against Cameron, 3-2

ThunderWolves rally but fall short against Cameron, 3-2

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (September 5, 2014) ~ For the second consecutive match in the MSU-Hampton Inn-vitational, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team was pushed to five sets. Trailing 2-0, the ThunderWolves rallied to force a decisive fifth frame, but let a late lead slip away, as the Cameron Aggies came away with a 3-2 victory at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Pack dropped their second match of the day to fall to 0-2 on the season, while Cameron evens up its season mark at 1-1.

CSU-Pueblo held a commanding edge for the match in both hitting percentage, .222 to .098, and blocks, 12-6. Both teams registered 49 assists, with the Aggies holding the edge in digs, 77-70.

Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) had a breakout match in just her second career appearance as a ThunderWolf, registering a match-best 15 kills, while adding 17 digs. Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas) led the squad with 23 and 22 assists, respectively, while Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) posted a team-high 20 digs.

Kat Evans led the Aggies with 17 kills. Ingrid Boatman and Cristina Viera registered contest-best totals in assists (24) and digs (22), respectively.

Despite never holding a lead in the first set, the Pack kept it tight throughout the entirety of the first game. CSU-Pueblo forced ties at six, 12, 16, 17, 19 and 21 points, but the Aggies held off the tenacious ThunderWolves with a 4-1 stretch to end the set and earn the 25-21 win.

In set two, CSU-Pueblo broke open a 15-15 tie with a 6-1 run. Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) delivered three kills during the spurt, giving the Pack a 21-16 advantage. Kat Evans provided the offensive firepower for Cameron, knocking down five kills as the Aggies rallied to steal a 26-24 win.

Trailing two sets to zero, the ThunderWolves registered a wire-to-wire victory in set three, 25-21. CSU-Pueblo outhit Cameron, .323 to .079, with Perez leading the charge with six kills.

CSU-Pueblo delivered its most dominating performance of the young season in set four. With the score tied at 5-5, the Pack rolled past the Aggies with a 20-5 blitzing to finish off the set and force a fifth frame. The ThunderWolves once again held a decisive edge in hitting percentage during the set, registering .400 mark to Cameron's -.120.

After falling behind early in the fifth and final set, the Pack catapulted into the lead courtesy of a a short 5-1 scoring burst, making the tally 9-6. The Aggies worked their way back into the match, pulling to within 12-11, but CSU-Pueblo responded with the next two markers to set up match point. The ThunderWolves weren't able to close the match, as Cameron bounced back to steal the victory, 18-16.

The ThunderWolves look to get their first win of the season tomorrow morning on the final day of the MSU-Hampton Inn-vitational. The pack will square off against Arkansas Tech at 10:30 a.m., before concluding the tournament at 3:30 p.m. versus Southwestern Oklahoma State.