PUEBLO, Colo. (September 10, 2016) – In the final game of the 2016 ThunderWolves Classic, Colorado State University-Pueblo never found a rhythm as the Pack fell to Adams State University in straight sets (18-25, 12-25, 19-25).
With the loss, the Pack wraps up its non conference slate with a 2-7 record. Adams State improved to 5-3. The Grizzlies outhit the Pack .279 to .080.
Misha McDowell (Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.) attacked efficiently throughout the match. McDowell finished with six kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
Freshman Page Heller (Vancouver, Wash.) led the Pack with 12 assists. Heller also had four digs.
Mariangel Perez (Sr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) and Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) led the Pack with seven kills each. Perez finished with nine digs, while Broadwell collected four digs. Senior, Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) had a team-high 15 digs.
An early six-point run gave the Grizzlies an 8-3 lead in game. This rally proved the difference as the Pack never put together a run of its own, dropping set one, 25-18.
The Pack hit -.051 in the first set and the Grizzlies took advantage. Perez had four kills and three digs in the opening frame.
Set two told an eerily similar story to game one. The Grizzlies strung together a nine-point run that put them up 15-7. Adams State tacked on another five-point run later in the set, taking game two, 25-12.
Another poor hitting performance doomed the Pack in set two as the Grizzlies out hit the Pack .462 to .036.McDowell had three kills for the Pack in the third and hit .429 through the first two sets.
Once again, an early run sank the Pack as they fell behind 9-2 through 11 points in the third. Though they would close within three, The Pack would not catch up as they dropped the final set 25-19. Senior Morgan Wilkening (Sr., Fleming, Colo.) notched three kills in the final set. She finished with four overall.
The Pack will begin conference play Friday when they visit Colorado Christian University. First serve between the Pack and Cougars is set for 6 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.