PUEBLO, Colo. (October 15, 2016) – With a dozen program alumni looking on, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball could not upset No. 25 Metro State University Denver. On homecoming weekend the Pack would not prevail in a 3-0 (20-25, 20-25, 17-25) final.
As a result of this defeat, the Pack's record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games evened up at 5-5. They stand 7-12in 2016. MSU Denver remains undefeated in RMAC matches with a 10-0 record and a 14-3 mark overall.
Senior Tanja Ranilovic (Belgrade, Serbia) stepped up for the ThunderWolves. Ranilovic hit a team-best .455. She put away six kills and added three blocks and two digs.
Not far behind Ranilovic was Misha McDowell (Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.) who hit .444 on the night. McDowell ended her night with five kills and two blocks, including one solo rejection.
Senior Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) led the Pack with eight kills. Perez also finished with 11 digs. She now has 11 or more digs in each of her last five matches.
One night after setting the school record for career digs, Katie Burnett (Sr., Austin, Texas) came away with 13 digs against the Roadrunners. She averaged 5.28 digs/set for the weekend.
Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) led the Pack with 11 assists. She also had six digs. Freshman Page Heller (Vancouver, Wash.) tallied five assists and five digs in two sets off the bench. Kelsey Bell (Fr., Los Lunas, N.M.) picked up eight assists in two sets.
In the first set, the Pack proved it could compete with the conference leading Roadrunners. The two teams remained close throughout the opening game. With CSU-Pueblo up 20-19, the Roadrunners went on a six-point run to win the first set 25-20. Perez had five kills and four digs in the first.
The Roadrunners run extended to the second set where they started the frame with a 3-0 lead. Though the Pack would tie the set, they would never lead it as MSU Denver went up 2-0. They would take the second set 25-20 for the second consecutive frame. Ranilovic posted four kills and a block in the second set.
Set three looked promising for the Pack as they took a 9-7 lead early. However, the Roadrunners went on a 10-3 run that gave them a 17-12 advantage. They rode this wave of monetum to a 25-17 victory and a sweep of the match.
CSU-Pueblo mustered a .095 hitting percentage, compared to the Roadrunners who hit .190. MSU Denver also had nine service aces that would lead them to the win.
The Pack will try to get back in the win column Oct. 21 when they continue their four-match homestand when they host Regis University at Massari Arena. First serve between the Pack and Rangers is scheduled for 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