Pack Volleyball puts up a fight but can’t upset No. 18 Mines

Pack Volleyball puts up a fight but can’t upset No. 18 Mines

GOLDEN, Colo. (September 17, 2016) – Entering the game as an underdog, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball battled but could not upset No. 18 Colorado School of Mines. The Pack wound up on the short end of all three sets, losing (23-25, 19-25, 18-25).

Despite their competitive spirit, the Pack's record stands at 3-8. They hold a 1-1 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Orediggers improved to 8-2 (2-0 RMAC). 

Senior Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) collected 20 digs in three sets. Burnett also had one of the Pack's two service aces and an assist. She had 44 digs in her two matches this weekend.

Misha McDowell (Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.), and Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) both had three blocks on the night. McDowell also finished with six kills and a team-best .286 hitting percentage. Schultz had three kills and two solo blocks.

The Pack rallied from an early 6-1 deficit in the first set to take an 18-12 lead. Mines bounced back with a 9-2 run that would lead them to a 25-23 win in set one.

CSU-Pueblo appeared to be in good shape in set two. The Pack held a 19-16 lead after a four-point run. However, Mines would end the set on a 9-0 run that put them ahead two games to none.

In set three, the Orediggers erased a two-point Pack lead with a 6-0 run that put them ahead 18-14. The Pack would close within two, but Mines went on a 6-1 run to end the match and take a 25-18 set victory.

Senior Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) narrowly missed a double-double. Perez finished with eight kills and nine digs. Fellow senior Morgan Wilkening (Fleming, Colo.) collected seven kills.

Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) finished with 14 assists. Freshman setter, Kelsey Bell (Los Lunas, N.M.) recorded 10 assists in two sets played.

The Pack will return home Friday to play Black Hills State University at 7 p.m. in Massari Arena. CSU-Pueblo will wrap up its two-game homestand when the ThunderWolves South Dakota School of Mines Saturday at 3 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.