Pack Volleyball denied upset of MSU Denver

Pack Volleyball denied upset of MSU Denver

DENVER, Colo. (September 30, 2016) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball battled, but could not overcome Metro State University Denver Friday night.  The Pack fought hard in a three set loss (15-25, 22-25, 26-28).

The ThunderWolves now stand 3-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and 5-9 overall. Receiving votes in the AVCA poll entering the weekend, the Roadrunners remained unbeaten in RMAC play (5-0). They have compiled a 10-3 record.

Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) recorded her third double-double of the season. She finished with 14 assists and 13 digs. Michalski's double-double was her second in five RMAC games.

Senior Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) knocked down 12 kills and hit a team-best .290. Perez also had three blocks and six digs.

Fellow senior, Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas)collected 21 total digs. Burnett's 21 digs were a season-best for a three-set match. She has 20 or more digs in three of her five conference games. Burnett also had another service ace and three assists.

Freshman Kelsey Bell (Los Lunas, N.M.) came off the bench with 12 assists. Bell also dug up five balls.

The ThunderWolves were their own worst enemy in the first set. CSU-Pueblo committed nine errors against seven kills, hitting -.059 in the first set Seven of the Pack's errors came courtesy of MSU Denver blocks. The Roadrunners used a 4-0 run to start the match to win the first set 25-15.  

Burnett had eight digs in the first set. Morgan Wilkening (Sr., Fleming, Colo.) notched three of her six kills in the first set.

The Roadrunners sprinted out to a 9-1 lead in the second set. CSU-Pueblo would fight back to tie the game at 18. With the set tied at 22, the Roadrunners scored the final three points to close out the Pack in set two 25-22.

Junior Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) had five of her nine kills in the second set. Broadwell also put down a service ace and blocked an attack.

CSU-Pueblo used a four-point run to take a 10-5 lead in set three. The Roadrunners would tie the set at 13. From here on, the two teams would trade points until MSU Denver took a 24-23 lead. The Pack fought off match point here times, but would eventually fall in the last set 28-26 as the Roadrunners wrapped up a 28-26 win.

The Pack returns to action Saturday night when they play their rivals the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Mountain Lions at 5 p.m. Click here to watch that match live.

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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.