Pack fall in five tough sets to Cougars

Pack fall in five tough sets to Cougars

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 25, 2015) - After going 2-1 on its recent road trip, the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's volleyball lost in five sets (30-28, 20-25, 21-25, 25-20, 9-15) to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Colorado Christian University, Friday at Massari Arena.

With the loss, the ThunderWolves drop to 4-8 (2-2 RMAC), while the Cougars improve to 8-5 (3-0 RMAC). The Pack are now 1-5 in five set matches this season.

Mariangel Perez (Jr., OH/RS, Catia La Mar, Venezuela) led all attackers with a match-high 21 kills. Behind the attack of Perez was Caitlin Broadwell (So., OH, Lawrence, Kan.), punching in 15 kills.

Jordan Bruere (Sr., S, Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Alex Sansavera (R-Sr., DS/S, San Antonio, Texas) each surpassed 20 assists, Bruere accumulated 20 and Sansavera assisted on 25 points.

The ThunderWolves finished the contest with a .193 hitting percentage, while Colorado Christian tallied a .228 advantage.

CSU-Pueblo as a unit totaled in 61 kills. For CCU, they had a plus seven advantage, tallying 68.

In the first set the ThunderWolves faced a 19-13 deficit to the Cougars, but rallied back to even things up at 22-22. From there it went back and forth, as CCU went back on the offensive and the squads traded points up until 28-28. The ThunderWolves finally took the reins of the frame and controlled the Cougars for the final two points to win the stanza 30-28.

Perez finished the frame with eight of her 21 kills.

Jumping to the second leg of the match, the Cougars bounced out to a 19-13 advantage and this time not look back to win 25-20 and the match 1-1.

With the momentum shifting in the Cougars' favor, the Pack fought hard after falling behind 20-15 to cut the disadvantage to 22-20, but CCU held on to take the third game 25-21.

Moving into the fourth set, the ThunderWolves changed the tide of the contest outdueling Colorado Christian 25-20.

In convincing fashion the Cougars counterpunched the Pack, jumping to an 11-5 lead. From there they didn't let the Pack back in and won the set 15-9 and the match 3-2.

Next the ThunderWolves closeout the home weekend Saturday against No. 12 Colorado School of Mines who are coming off a 3-1 loss Friday night against Western State Colorado University.

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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.