ThunderWolves Volleyball quiets Hardrockers in sweep

ThunderWolves Volleyball quiets Hardrockers in sweep

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 24, 2016) Colorado State University–Pueblo Volleyball rolled past the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrockers in a three-set sweep (25-21, 25-17, 27-25) at Massari Arena. 

The Pack completed their first home weekend without losing a set as they improved to 5-8 with a 3-1 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. The Hardrockers fell to 1-12 (0-4 RMAC).

Despite being outhit .310-.245 for the match, the Pack overcame the Hardrockers thanks to a decisive advantage in serving. The Pack served up 12 aces and capitalized on nine Hardrocker service errors.

Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) finished with 23 assists. Michalski dominated at the service line, delivering four aces.  

Senior Morgan Wilkening (Fleming, Colo.) captained the pack to victory with 10 kills. She finished with a team-best .474 hitting percentage. 

Fellow senior, Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) also finished with 10 kills. She filled out the stats sheet with three digs, two aces, and two blocks.

Despite only appearing in two sets, Misha McDowell (Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.) made an impact with five kills and two blocks. She hit .455 for the match.

Senior Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) collected 14 digs. Burnett also added three more service aces.  Burnett leads the RMAC with 0.49 aces per set.

The two teams traded points early in the first set until a 6-1 run put the Pack up 13-8. They would ride this run to a 25-21 set win. McDowell had four kills in the first. 

South Dakota Mines appeared to be in control of game two after a seven-point run put them up 12-5. Down 15-7, the Pack responded with a 10-point run with Michalski serving. CSU-Pueblo would end the set on a 17-2 run, taking the second set with a 25-17. The Pack had five service aces including two in the final three points of the set.

In the third frame, the Pack would build a nine-point lead, eyeing a sweep with a 22-13 lead. However, the Hardrockers would not go down without a fight. They would eventually tie the game at 24. With the set tied at 25, Wilkening knocked down a big kill. On the Pack's second try at match point, Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished off the match with her fifth kill 

Schultz finished a team-best three block assists. The Pack 10 total block assists in the match.

With a 3-1 conference record, the ThunderWolves will hit the road for a four-game swing.  The Pack's road trip begins with a trip to Metro State University of Denver Friday Sept. 30 at 7 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.