PUEBLO, Colo. (October 21, 2016) – In a four set battle, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball fell to Regis University Friday at Massari Arena. The Rangers thwarted a game CSU-Pueblo's attempt to pull off an upset, as the Pack wound up on the short end on of a 3-1 (12-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17) final.
The Pack's record now stands at 7-13 including a 5-6 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Rangers improved to 13-8 (8-4 RMAC).
After a rough first set, the Pack turned to its bench and Freshman Page Heller (Vancouver, Wash.) delivered. Heller earned her first career double-double with 14 assists and 14 digs. Heller also added a kill and a service ace.
Coming off the bench, Melissa Nichols (So.McKinney, Texas) led the Pack in hitting percentage with .308 hitting clip. She finished with five kills and three blocks in three sets.
Mikala Morris (Jr., Tempe, Ariz.) and ShiAnn Rodriguez (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) both contributed off the bench. Morris had five kills and two blocks. Rodriguez set a new career-high with three kills and two digs. Rodriguez also had a solo block that made her teammates and the crowd erupt.
Junior setter Elena Michalski (Longmont, Colo.) also collected a double-double with 20 assists and 14 digs. Michalski now has five double-doubles in 2016.
Katie Burnett (Sr., Austin, Texas) recorded 26 digs for the Pack along with a service ace. Burnett's 6.5 digs/set will help her move up the RMAC digs leaderboard. She entered the match with 5.03 dig/set, fourth most in the RMAC.
Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) led the Pack with 14 kills. She hit .204 for the match. Broadwell also came up with seven digs and three blocks.
Senior Megan Schultz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) filled the stats sheet with five kills, five digs, and five blocks. Schultz also contributed three assists and hit .235 for the match.
The Pack struggled in the first set, hitting just .071 compared to a .395 hitting percentage for Regis. This stat would help the Rangers take the first set 25-12. Senior Morgan Wilkening (Fleming, Colo.) knocked down three kills in the first set. Wilkening finished with 10 kills and three blocks.
Because of those first set struggles, the Pack turned to the bench with Heller, Morris, Nichols, and Rodriguez all coming in at points during the second set. Despite the energy these student-athletes brought, the Pack still trailed 23-19 late in the frame. A Wilkening kill brought the serve back to the Pack and Burnett.
The ThunderWolves would score the next five points to win the second set, 25-23. With the set tied at 23, Broadwell and Schultz came up with a big block. Broadwell would spike down a thunderous kill to even the match at one and bring the home crowd to its feet, capping a six-point run.
Riding the momentum from set two, the Pack jumped out to a 9-4 lead early in the third. Regis rallied and tied the frame 10. The two teams would remain close throughout the set. A kill from Broadwell gave the Pack a chance at set point, but Regis responded with three consecutive points to sneak away with a 26-24 win in set three.
Regis would put the Pack away in the fourth. The Rangers never trailed in the set as they would leave Pueblo with a 3-1 win and a 25-17 victory in set four.
The Pack will look to snap its three match winning streak when they host Chadron State College Saturday at Massari Arena. Saturday's contest between the pack and the ThunderWolves begins 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