ALAMOSA, Colo. (Plachy Hall Gym) ~ The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (11-8, 5-5 RMAC) lost for just the second time in its last six matches, falling to Adams State University, 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-21), Saturday.
The loss drops the ThunderWolves to 11-8 on the season and 5-5 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. The Grizzlies improve their season mark to 11-8 and even up their RMAC record at 5-5.
For the match, Adams State held the advantage in every major statistical category, including hitting percentage (.267 to .147), kills (50-39), assists (47-37), digs (46-38) and blocks (8-7).
Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) paced the Pack in kills with 12, while Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) recorded a team-high 17 assists. Morgan Wilkening (Jr., Fleming, Colo.) registered a team-leading 13 digs. Oni Lattin (Houston, Texas) led the ThunderWolves in blocks with four.
For the Grizzlies, Lindsey Stindt had a contest-best 17 kills, while Katelyn Swartz and Gabrielle Timmen also recorded match-highs in assists (40) and digs (17), respectively. Mallory Grimsrud paced both squads with five blocks.
In the opening set, CSU-Pueblo held an early 7-6 advantage, but Adams State responded with a 12-5 scoring run to take an 18-13 lead. The ThunderWolves clawed their way back into the set, pulling to within one on three different occasions, but the Grizzlies were able to hold on for a 25-23 victory.
Adams State extended its lead to 2-0 after posting a 25-19 set two win. The Grizzlies hit .457 in the game to seize control of the match.
Facing defeat, CSU-Pueblo came out strong in the third set, holding an 18-17 edge late in the game. The Pack couldn't hold onto the slim advantage, as the Grizzlies finished the frame on an 8-3 spurt to complete the sweep, 25-21.
The ThunderWolves remain on the road for a midweek match, Tuesday at Colorado Christian University. The contest versus the Cougars is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
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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.