PUEBLO, Colo. (September 11, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's volleyball team finished the first day of the Steel & Silver Classic 1-1. The ThunderWolves fell in the first match of their co-hosted tournament to Texas Woman's University 3-0, but knocked off St. Edwards University in the nightcap in a five set 3-2 victory.
Versus St. Edwards University
After struggling in the first match of the day against the Texas Woman's University, the ThunderWolves grinded out a tough five-set victory (28-26, 16-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-13) over the Hilltoppers.
With the victory the Pack improved to 2-4, while the STU dropped to 3-4 after entering the day 3-2.
It was a battle that went both ways, with set alternating wins, starting with a 28-26 Pack advantage to go up 1-0. St. Edwards won the next set comfortably 25-16, but CSU-Pueblo responded strongly, answering with a 25-21 frame three win. The final Hilltopper set win came in the fourth outing, but the Pack weren't phased and clawed their way to a 15-13 fifth set win to come out on top.
Three ThunderWolves surpassed 15 kills, as Oni Lattin (Sr., MB/RS, Houston, Texas) and Mariangel Perez (Jr., OH/RS, Catia La Mar, Venezuela.) tied for a team-high 17, while Caitlin Broadwell (So., OH, Lawrence, Kan.) notched 15.
Alex Sansavera (R-Sr., DS/S, San Antonio, Texas) earned a team-high 29 assists and Elena Michalski (So., S, Longmont, Colo.) pitched in 24 of her own.
For the Hilltoppers, Mikayla Grill charged the way for her squad, firing in 21 kills. Julia Hartley and Avalon Frantz had 22 assists each.
In the first set, each side held their own and were even at 25 all, but the ThunderWolves were able to break through off a kill from Broadwell and seal the frame off a Grill error for the 28-26 victory.
Fast forward to the third game for CSU-Pueblo, thanks to a 5-0 run to take a 13-8 advantage, the lead gave them a big enough cushion for the 25-21 win.
After dropping the fourth set, the ThunderWolves dug down deep and jumped on STU early for a 3-1 lead. The largest deficit for the Hilltoppers in the final set was four trailing 7-3, but they rallied back to eventually to go up 13-12. CSU-Pueblo came back with a haymaker off two kills from Perez to go up 14-13. The final point came off an error from Grill again to give the ThunderWolves the set and victory.
Versus Texas Woman's University
In the first game of a doubleheader on day one of the Steel & Silver Classic, hosts Colorado State University-Pueblo women's volleyball fell in straight-sets to Woman's Texas University (18-25, 20-25, 15-25).
The Pack drop to 1-4 on the year, while the Pioneers improve to 4-1.
The ThunderWolves dropped the first game 25-18. In the second set, the Pack went back and forth with the Pioneers, but their efforts wouldn't be enough, as they would fall 25-20. In the final set, CSU-Pueblo fell short 25-15.
Still ahead, the Pack finish their Friday double dip against St. Edwards University inside Massari Arena 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.