DENTON, Texas (September 3, 2016) – In their first of two matches Saturday, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball earned its first win of the season as the ThunderWolves swept Lubbock Christian University (25-22, 25-20, 25-16).
Jill Muhe picked up her first victory as head coach of the Pack in dominating fashion as the ThunderWolves outhit the Lady Chapparals .203 to .015. CSU-Pueblo recorded 16 blocks and limited Lubbock Christian to a -.053 hitting percentage over the final two sets.
Junior, Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) posted her first career double-double with 12 kills and a career-best 10 digs. Broadwell has averaged 3.75 kills/set so far in the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament.
Freshman Kelsey Bell (Los Lunas, N.M.) also picked up her first career double-double with 12 assists and 10 digs. Four ThunderWolves finished with double digit digs. Katie Burnett (Sr., Austin, Texas) led the way with 14 digs. Pualehua Keola (R-So., Honolulu, Hawaii) finished with 12 digs for the second consecutive match.
Senior Tanja Ranilovic (Belgrade, Serbia) made an impact with five assisted blocks. Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) tallied four blocks and four kills. Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) led the Pack with 18 assists.
The first set between the two squads see-sawed until the Pack had an 18-17 lead. Three consecutive CSU-Pueblo points gave the Pack a 21-17 advantage that they would carry to a 25-22 set win. Senior Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) spiked down four kills in the opening set. The two-time First Team All-RMAC selection finished with 12 kills.
In the second set, Lubbock Christian scored the first three points of the frame. Trailing 11-8, the ThunderWolves rattled off the next seven points. The Lady Chapparals never got closer than three as the Pack pulled away for a 25-20 set win. Broadwell had five kills in the second game.
With the third set tied at four, the Pack unleashed a six-point flurry to take a 10-4 lead. A five point run moments later gave the Pack a 16-7 lead it would never relinquish. Broadwell finished off Lubbock Christian with her 12th kill to win the third set 25-16 and hand the Pack its first win of 2016-17.
The Pack will look to make it two in a row Saturday when the play Newman University at 1 p.m. Click here for live stats of that match.
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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.