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PUEBLO, Colo. (September 8, 2016) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball team shutdown Western State Colorado University in a three set sweep, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23, at Massari Arena. With their victory, the Pack improved to 2-4, while Western State dropped to 3-2 in the non-conference tilt between Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams.
The ThunderWolves recorded 18 assisted blocks as they limited Western State to a .089 hitting percentage. They forced 25 Mountaineer attacking errors and eight service errors en route to their first home victory of the season.
Senior, Megan Schultz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the Pack with seven blocks. Schultz also had four kills and three digs. The seven blocks matched a career-high for Schultz and established a new personal-best for a three set match
Mariangel Perez (Sr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) had a season-high four blocks. Perez made her presence felt all over the court with nine kills and 13 digs.
Junior, Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) continues to lead the Pack's offense. Broadwell notched another 11 kills, raising her season average to 3.52 kills/set. She also chipped in five digs and hit .250 for the match.
With 22 assists, freshman, Kelsey Bell (Los Lunas, N.M.) posted a new career-high. Bell also finished with seven digs. She is now averaging 5.05 assists and 2.21 digs per set.
In the first game, the two teams traded points back and forth in a tightly contested first frame as neither team could build a lead great than three. Down 22-21, a block by Schultz and Tanja Ranilovic (Sr., Belgrade, Serbia) tied the match. This block would launch a four-point run for the Pack that gave them a 25-22 win in the first game. Schultz tallied another block during this run, while Morgan Wilkening (Sr., Fleming, Colo.) spiked down the final point of the set.
The Pack trailed early in set two, falling behind by as many four. With the Mountaineers in front 12-8, CSU-Pueblo retaliated with 17-5 run that would help the Pack cruise to a 25-17 win in set two. Perez had four kills in the second set.
Though, Western State managed to keep the third set close, the ThunderWolves never trailed in the third. Down 20-16, Western State eventually pulled within one to make it 24-23. However, a service error would hand the Pack a 25-23 set win and match point.
Nine of the 12 ThunderWolves that played had at least one kill. Five Pack players finished with five or more digs and seven CSU-Pueblo student-athletes had at least one block in the team victory.
The Pack will try to make it two in a row when they host Texas A&M University Kingsville Friday at 1 p.m. in the ThunderWolves Classic. CSU-Pueblo will complete its doubleheader with a match against Wayne State College (Neb.) at 6 p.m. One ticket gets fans in Massari Arena for all six games Friday in the ThunderWolves Classic, including both CSU-Pueblo games. Tickets cost just $5.
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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.