DENTON, Texas (September 2, 2016) – In a closely contested season opener, Colorado State University Pueblo Volleyball could not sneak away with a win as they dropped a four set match to Texas A&M University Commerce, (23-25, 17-25, 31-29, 23-25).
Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.)sparked the Pack's offense with a team best 16 kills. The 16 kills set a new career-high for Broadwell. She hit .325 for the match. The Pack would outhit the Lions .225-167.
After missing all of the 2015 season due to injury, Morgan Wilkening (Sr., Fleming, Colo.) posted a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs.
Senior, Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) returned to her home state with impactful performance. Burnett finished with 23 digs. Burnett's 23 digs bested her highest single-match output in 2015.
Returning from injury Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) recorded a personal record 34 assists. Michalski narrowly missed a double-double with eight digs.
The ThunderWolves started strong, staking themselves to a 7-4 lead in the first set. The Lions would rally and take a 17-12 lead. CSU-Pueblo responded with four consecutive points. The set remained close, but the Lions would pull away with a 25-23 win in the first set. Broadwell spiked down five kills in the first.
In the second set, the Lions put the Pack in a 2-0 hole with a 25-17 win. Mariangel Perez (Sr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela)tallied five of her 13 kills in game two. She finished with eight digs.
CSU-Pueblo claimed a thrilling third set 31-29. The Pack held the biggest lead of the set at 12-8,but the Lions would eventually take a 29-28 lead. Facing match point, for their opponents Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) knocked down a big point to tie the game at 29. A pair of attacking errors would give the Pack the set win. Schultz had five of her nine kills in the third set.
The Pack trailed 10-5 following a six-point Lion run in the fourth set. However, CSU-Pueblo would fight back and eventually tie the game at 17. The two teams would continue to keep it close, but the Lions would emerge with a 25-23 set win and take the match 3-1.
Freshman setter Kelsey Bell (Fr., Los Lunas, N.M.)recorded 17 assists in her collegiate debut. Fellow newcomer, Misha McDowell (Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.) finished with nine kills in her first game with the Pack. McDowell along with Schultz and Tanja Ranilovic (R-Sr., Belgrade, Serbia) led the Pack with two blocks.
The Pack will continue play in the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament Friday night when they play Texas Women's University, the tournament host at 5:30 p.m. MST. Click here to watch that game.
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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.