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).
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.
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.
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.