DENTON, Texas (September 2, 2016) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team lost a five-set dual with host Texas Women's University in the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament, Friday. The Pack was guided by Caitlin Broadwell's (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) 17 kills and nine digs in the loss (25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 13-25, 13-15).
Broadwell combined for 33 kills in the two matches Friday, which started the 2016 season and the career at CSU-Pueblo for first-year head coach Jill Muhe.
The junior added nine digs, two block assists and a solo block and was the lone hitter in double-figure kills.
Senior Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) and Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) each recorded a team-high 15 digs, while Michalski and freshman setter Kelsey Bell (Fr., Los Lunas, N.M.) each posted a team-best 18 assists.
Misha McDowell (Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.) showcased her best game with the Pack, as she dominated the net with seven block assists and added nine kills on just 20 attempts (.450 hitting percentage).
In the first set, the Pack hit a strong .433 and allowed TWU to just a .143 hitting percentage to cleanly take the opening frame, 25-15. Broadwell had eight kills in the first set, which included three during a 5-1 Pack run to push the lead to 15-7. CSU-Pueblo led by at least six the rest of the way.
A poor hitting performance in the second led to a loss, but the Pack rebounded in the third as the defense won the set by allowing just a .098 hitting percentage for Texas Women's.
CSU-Pueblo totaled four of its six blocks during the first 19 points of the set to take a 10-9 lead. With the score knotted 13-13, a wise timeout was called by Muhe and the Pack came out and posted a 5-2 run to open an 18-15 lead. The set was tied again, this time at 21-21, but a 3-0 run by the ThunderWolves secured a 25-23 victory and 2-1 match lead.
The see-saw match continued with TWU winning set four to force the decisive fifth set. A Pack 5-1 run to break a 7-7 tie and open 12-8 lead made it appear the ThunderWolves would earn their first victory of the young season. Unfortunately, the host wouldn't go quietly as they rattled off a 7-1 run to win the set and the match.
Saturday provides two more opportunities, as CSU-Pueblo concludes the tournament battling Lubbock Christian University at 8 a.m. and Newman University at 1 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.