ThunderWolves outduel Mountaineers in five set struggle

ThunderWolves outduel Mountaineers in five set struggle

GUNNISON, Colo. (October 8, 2016)  Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball survived a five set showdown with Western State Colorado University 3-2. The Pack bested the Mountaineers (20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 15-12).

The win propels the Pack to 7-10. CSU-Pueblo now stands 5-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competition. Western State dropped to 8-8 (4-4 RMAC). 

Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) led the Pack's offense in her second double-double of the season. Broadwell knocked down a career-high 21 kills. She also made 10 digs, matching her career best. Broadwell hit a team-best .356 for the match.

Senior Megan Schultz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) registered a career-high with nine blocks. This also matched a school record for a five set match. Schultz also matched her career-best with six digs. She finished with six kills in the match.

Fellow senior Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) turned in an incredible performance in her fourth double-double of the season. Perez tallied 16 kills on a .289 hitting percentage. She collected a season-best 24 digs. Perez  also stuffed four Western State attacks. 

Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) distributed the ball effectively. Michalski dished out a career-high 35 assists.

Senior Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) continued her pursuit of history with 22 digs. Burnett sits just 23 digs shy of the school's career record.

Morgan Wilkening (Sr., Fleming, Colo.) notched 10 kills. Wilkening also contributed four blocks on the night. 

Freshman setter Kelsey Bell (Fr., Los Lunas, N.M.) came off the bench with 16 assists. Bell also tallied seven digs.

In the second meeting of the season between the Pack and the Mountaineers, the two teams kept it close throughout the first set. With the two teams tied at 18, Western State went on a 4-0 run that would lead them to a 25-20 set win.

Set two belonged to the Pack as CSU-Pueblo unleashed a 6-1 run to take 15-10 lead. The Pack would eventually take the set 25-19. Perez had three kills and two aces in the second set.

Down 10-8 in the third set, the Pack responded with a 10-2 run that would give them a lead they never looked back from. They would go on to take the third set 25-19.  The Pack hit. 500 in the third set, their best percentage of any set this season. They outhit Western State .219 to .151 for the match.  

Western State answered in the fourth frame. The Mountaineers never trailed in the fourth en route to a 25-21 set win that evened the match at two.

In the fifth and final set, the Pack capitalized on seven Western State errors in the first 11 points. A pair of kills from Broadwell in this span gave the Pack a 9-2 lead. The Mountaineers would eventually cut the lead to 14-12. With Western State surging, Broadwell knocked down match point on her 21st kill of the night to give the Pack their second victory over the Mountaineers this season.

After wrapping up their four-game road trip, the Pack will now return to Massari Arena for Homecoming weekend. The Pack will host Metro State University of Denver  Friday  and University of Colorado Colorado Springs Saturday. Both matches will 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.