CANYON, Texas (September 4, 2015) ~ The Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball team pushed No. 22 West Texas A&M University to five sets, but the Buffs were able to escape WTAMU Fieldhouse with a 3-2 victory over the ThunderWolves Friday in the BritKare Lady Buff Classic.
With the loss, CSU-Pueblo concludes day one of the tournament with a 1-1 record after defeating Eastern New Mexico, 3-1, earlier in the day. West Texas improves to 2-0 in the tournament and on the season.
Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) led a trio of CSU-Pueblo players in double digit kills with 15. Caitlin Broadwell (So., Lawrence, Kan.) notched 14 kills, while hitting .379. Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) tallied 10 kills and a match-high eight blocks. Elena Michalski (So., Longmont, Colo.) had a strong day, posting her first career double-double on a career-best 22 assists and 15 digs.
The Buffs came out strong in set one, opening up an early 10-3 lead. A timeout by Pack Head Coach Jen Gomez settled the ThunderWolves down as they went on an 8-3 run to trim the deficit to three, at 14-11, and force a timeout by West Texas. The Buffs maintained their lead until a solo block by Lattin evened the score at 22 apiece late in the match. CSU-Pueblo's comeback fell just short as the home team tallied the final three points to earn a 25-22 victory.
In set two, WT once again jumped out to a lead, at 13-8, midway through the stanza. Just like they did in the first set, the Pack rallied late in the game. With the Buffs leading 20-15, CSU-Pueblo reeled off 10 out of the next 13 points to come from behind for a 25-23 win. The late run was highlighted by back-to-back service aces by Lindsey Moss (Fr., Creede, Colo.) to break a 22-22 tie.
The third set started out neck-and-neck throughout the early stages. WT held a slim 9-8 lead before a 12-7 spurt extended its lead to 21-15. CSU-Pueblo was unable to mount a similar rally to those it had orchestrated in the first two sets as the Buffs earned a 25-19 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Set four started out similarly to the third set. With the score 12-11 in favor of the Buffs, the ThunderWolves used a 10-4 run to vault their way into the lead and take a 21-16 edge. WT pulled to within two on three separate occasions, but the Pack held on for a 25-22 win to force a fifth and final set.
In the decisive fifth set, CSU-Pueblo trailed by just one, at 8-7, half way through the stanza. The Buffs had one last run in them as they outscored the ThunderWolves, 7-3, over the remainder of the set to win 15-10 and earn a 3-2 match victory.
The Pack close out play in the BritKare Lady Buff Classic with two matches Saturday. CSU-Pueblo plays Lubbock Christian at 10:00 a.m., before concluding the tournament against Dallas Baptist at 2:30 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.