PUEBLO, Colo. (September 7, 2016) – Playing at home for the first time in 2016, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball did not back down from No. 19 Angelo State University. The ThunderWolves battled in three competitive sets, but wound up with a three set (24-26, 21-25, 25-27) loss at Massari Arena.
CSU-Pueblo's setters made plays all over the court. Freshman Kelsey Bell (Los Lunas, N.M.) finished with 16 assists and nine digs. Bell also earned collected her first collegiate kill.
Junior setter Elena Michalski (Longmont, Colo.) recorded 15 assists and eight digs. She also found the floor for her second kill of the 2016 campaign.
Senior Morgan Wilkening operated efficiently in her first match at Massari Arena since 2014. Wilkening spiked down 10 kills and hit .474 for the match. Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan. ) led the pack with 11 kills.
Libero, Katie Burnett (Sr., Austin, Texas) kept plays alive as she dug up 18 attacks. Burnett also picked up an odd kill on a dig that sailed over the net and landed cleanly on the Rambelle's side. Mariangel Perez (Sr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) had a season high 14 digs. Like Burnett, one of Perez's digs earned her a kill. She would have four in the match.
The Pack surged at the start of game one, taking a 9-5 lead. This would not last, as Angelo State answered and staked themselves to a five-point advantage. Down 24-21, the Pack fought off three set points to tie the game at 24. However, Angelo State would score the final two points of the set to jump in front 1-0.
Game two remained tight throughout as the two teams were tied at 15 through 30 points. Angelo State broke off an 8-3 run to take a 23-18 lead. They would hold off the Pack to take set two 25- 21.
In set three, the ThunderWolves rushed out to a 10-5 lead, but the Rambelles responded with another seven-point run. Just like in game one, the Pack found itself down 24-21, facing match point. Yet, the ThunderWolves would not go down without a fight. The Pack denied Angelo State on three consecutive match points, scoring four in a row to claim a 25-24 edge.
Eyeing set point, the Pack could not close the Rambelles out. Angelo State came out of a timeout to score three consecutive points to win the set 27-25 and spoil the 2016 ThunderWolves and Head Coach Jill Muhe's home debut.
A crowd of 172 people watched the Pack play their home opener. CSU-Pueblo will continue its five-game homestand Thursday, Sept. 8 when they Western State Colorado University at 7 p.m. to start the ThunderWolves Classic Tournament.
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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.