Pack outlasts UCCS in five set win behind Burnett’s record breaking night.

Pack outlasts UCCS in five set win behind Burnett’s record breaking night.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 1, 2016) Behind a record setting performance by Katie Burnett, Colorado State University- Pueblo volleyball knocked off University of Colorado Colorado Springs in five sets Saturday night. The Pack  returned to the winners circle as they took the match (22-25, 28-26, 25-20, 17-25, 15-9)  to improve to 6-9 in 2016.

CSU-Pueblo's victory also gives the Pack a 4-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play and a tie for fourth place in the RMAC standings. UCCS slipped to 8-6 with a 3-3 record in RMAC games.

Burnett (Sr., Austin, Texas) set a school record with 35 digs in a match, breaking Tessa Accomasso's record of 34 set Oct. 3, 2003. Burnett also contributed seven assists to the Pack's win. With 21 digs Friday night, Burnett averaged 7.0 assists per weekend. She now holds school record for digs in a single match and digs in a three-set match. Burnett also leads the RMAC with 23 service aces.

Senior Mariangel Perez (Sr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) recorded her third double-double of the season. Perez matched her season-high with 15 digs. She also spiked down a team-high 16 kills and hit. 275 for the match. 

Junior setter, Elena Michalski (Longmont, Colo.) picked up her second double-double in as many nights. Michalski collected a career-best 18 digs. She also dished out 28 assists in her fourth double-double of the season.

Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the Pack with a .321 hitting percentage. Schultz knocked down 10 kills. She also shared the team lead in blocks with Misha McDowell (Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.) and Tanja Ranilovic (Sr., Belgrade, Serbia) as all three women rejected four attacks. McDowell had seven kills, while Ranilovic put down five.

Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) shared the team lead with 16 kills. Broadwell also had eight digs in the win. 

The Pack never led in the first set, but were able to stay with the Mountain Lions. Down by as many as five, the Pack used a 4-0 run to close the UCCS lead to 23-22. However the Mountain Lions scored the final two points of the first set to take 1-0 lead. Perez had seven kills in the first.

In the second set, CSU-Pueblo fell behind 6-1. UCCS would ride this hot start to a 22-17 lead. The Pack would fight back and eventually tie the game at 23. The Pack would fight off three UCCS attempts at game point. Trailing 26-25, CSU-Pueblo rallied with the final three points to take set two by a 28-26 final. 

The third set remained close until a four-point run gave the Pack a 17-10 lead. UCCS would eventually close within four at 24-20, but an attacking error gave the Pack a 25-20 victory and 2-1 lead in the match.

After losing set four 25-17, the Pack came out on fire in the fifth and final set. CSU-Pueblo scored the first five points of the frame. The Pack would outhit UCCS .450 to .040 in the final set. A kill by Morgan Wilkening (Sr., Fleming, Colo.) put away the Mountain Lions for a 15-9 set win and 3-2 match victory.

Following their win over their Steel & Silver Trophy rivals, the Pack will continue its four game swing next weekend. The ThunderWolves will visit Colorado Mesa University Friday Oct. 7 and Western State Colorado University Saturday Oct. 8. Both matches begin 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.