Volleyball closes road trip with 3-1 win at Chadron State

Volleyball closes road trip with 3-1 win at Chadron State

CHADRON, Neb. (September 27, 2014) ~ A career-best performance by Megan Schultz (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) helped propel the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (9-6, 3-3 RMAC) to a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19) victory over Chadron State College Saturday at Armstrong Gymnasium. Schultz recorded a career-high 15 kills to lead both teams, while tying her career-best mark of five blocks.

The ThunderWolves close its three match, three state road trip with a 2-1 record to improve to 9-6 overall on the year and 3-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tilts. The loss drops the Eagles to 3-11 on the season and 2-4 in conference play.

For the match, the Pack posted a .171 hitting percentage to the home team's .055 mark. CSU-Pueblo was once again dominate at the net defensively, out blocking Chadron State, 12-4. The ThunderWolves have recorded more blocks than their opponents in each of their six conference matches this season. The remaining statistical line was even, with the Pack holding the edge in kills, 48-46, and assists, 45-43, while the Eagles had the advantage in digs, 83-81.

The ThunderWolves' Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) and Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) each recorded their second consecutive double-double. Perez notched 14 kills and 17 digs, while Bruere paced the Pack with 25 assists and 15 digs. Morgan Wilkening (Jr., Fleming, Colo.) tallied a team-high 20 digs to lead CSU-Pueblo. Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted a match-high six blocks.

Chadron State's Shelby Gardner and Alyssa Bauer registered match-highs in assists (34) and digs (26), respectively. Alia Brennan had a team-leading nine kills.

The first set saw the lead change hands several times. The ThunderWolves trailed 13-12, before going on an 8-3 run to go in front, 20-16. After an Eagles' timeout, the home team battled back to knot the frame at 20. The 4-0 spurt by Chadron State forced Pack head coach Jen Gomez to call a timeout. CSU-Pueblo responded to the timeout instruction and closed the set on a 5-1 run to earn a 25-21 victory.

In set two, the Eagles led for the majority of the contest en route to a 25-21 win. The ThunderWolves pulled to within two late in the set, but couldn't come all the way back as Chadron State evened the match at one set apiece.

The third set had a similar scoring flow as the second frame. The ThunderWolves never trailed after the stanza was tied at 10. The Eagles climbed to within two at 21-19, but the Pack closed the set strong, winning 25-20.

CSU-Pueblo put the finishing touches on the victory with a commanding win in set four. After briefly trailing at the beginning of the stanza, the Pack ran away with the rest of the set, earning a 25-19 victory.

The ThunderWolves return home next weekend for a pair of matches, beginning Friday with a contest against Colorado Mesa University at 7 p.m. in Massari Arena.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.