VB: ThunderWolves tamed by Colorado Mesa

VB: ThunderWolves tamed by Colorado Mesa

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (October 7, 2016) Unable to find their rhythm offensively, Colorado State University-Pueblo ended up on the wrong side of a three-set match with Colorado Mesa University (18-25, 24-26, 16-25).

After this loss, the Pack finds itself with a 6-10 record overall. CSU-Pueblo owns a 4-3 record n RMAC games. The Mavericks, who were receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association D-II poll, now stand 12-3 (6-1 RMAC). All three of the Pack's conference losses have come on the road to a team that was ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA poll.
The Pack only mustered a .073 hitting percentage for the match, their second lowest hitting clip of the season. The Mavericks hit .195 to pave the way for their sweep.
Senior Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) continues her pursuit of history with 18 more digs. With just 47 more digs, Burnett will set a new school record.

Burnett  also served up three aces. She entered the match with a RMAC-best 0.46 aces/set average. Burnett raised her average to 0.49 aces/set in the match. The senior also tallied three assists.

Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) narrowly missed her third consecutive double-double. Michalski finished with 12 assists and seven digs.

Junior, Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) led the Pack with nine kills. Broadwell added four digs and a .182 hitting percentage.

Mariangel Perez (Sr., Catia La Mar Venezuela)  played a strong defensive match. Perez recorded 11 digs for her seventh match with 10 or more digs this season. Perez also blocked two attacks. Offensively, she knocked down six kills. 

A 10-3 run in the first set allowed the Mavericks to take a 13-6 lead. They would put away the Pack 25-18 in the first. CSU-Pueblo hit .070 in the first set compared to a match-best .227 for the Mavericks. 

The Pack's best opportunity to take a set came in the second game. Down 11-8, the Pack would use an 8-3 run to reclaim the lead and force the Mavericks to take time out. CSU-Pueblo could not close out the Mavericks who rallied to win the set 26-24.

Early in the third set, the Pack trailed the Mavericks 4-3. However, the Pack scored five consecutive points to take their largest lead of the match.

Senior Tanja Ranilovich (Belgrade, Serbia) finished three of these points. Ranilovich had four kills in the match.

The Mavericks would tie the game at nine. They would go to win the set 25-16 and claim the match. 

CSU-Pueblo will wrap up its four-match road trip with a visit to Western State Colorado University Saturday at 7 p.m. Saturday brings the second meeting of the season between the Pack and the Mountaineers. The ThunderWolves swept Western State Sept. 8 at Massari Arena.

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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.