ALAMOSA, Colo. (October 28, 2016) – Colorado State University–Pueblo Volleyball's rally attempt was denied by Adams State University in a rivalry match Friday. The Pack fell to the Grizzlies 3-1 (21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 19-25) in their first of two road matches this weekend.
Due to the loss, the Pack's record now stands at 8-14 with a 6-7 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Adams State improved to 13-9 overall. The Grizzlies are 8-5 in RMAC games.
Mariangel Perez (Sr., Catia la Mar, Venezuela) earned her seventh double-double of the season. Perez finished with 14 kills and 14 digs. She also led the Pack with a .314 hitting percentage. Perez now had double digit digs in each of her last eight matches.
Junior Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) narrowly missed her third double-double of the season. Broadwell posted 10 kills and nine digs. She also led the Pack with four blocks, three of them solo rejections.
Libero Katie Burnett (Sr., Austin, Texas) collected her third consecutive 20-dig performance. Burnett's 21 digs led the Pack. She now has 20 or more digs in five of her last six matches.
Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) led the Pack's setting efforts. She tallied 24 assists and eight digs.
In her first start of the season, Melissa Nichols (So., McKinney, Texas) matched Broadwell for the team lead in blocks. Nichols had four blocks against the Grizzlies with one solo swat. She also had three kills.
The Pack jumped out to a 10-7 lead in the first set. However, Adams would erase this lead with a four-point run. Later on, the Grizzlies would use a three-point run to build a 22-17 advantage they would never relinquish as they won the first game 25-21.
Set two belonged to the Grizzlies from the beginning. They jumped out to a 7-3 lead early in the set. The Pack closed within one, trailing 10-9, but Adams State opened up a five-point run that led them to a 25-18 win in set two.
Down two sets to none, the Pack attempted to rally just like they did against Chadron State College six days earlier. Coming out of the break, the Pack fell behind 11-6. A 9-1 run would give the ThunderWolves a three-point cushion. They kept Adams State at bay the rest of the way as they took the third set 25-23. This forced a fourth frame.
The two teams remained close throughout the fourth set. With the score tied at 14, the Grizzlies unleashed a 5-1 run that led them to a 25-19 win and their second victory over the Pack in 2016.
CSU-Pueblo will get another opportunity to defeat Adams Nov. 8 at Massari Arena. First, the Pack will finish up their two-game road trip with a match against Fort Lewis College Saturday Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.
Following this road trip, the Pack will return home for a three-game homestand. CSU- Pueblo's final homestand of 2016 will begin with a match against New Mexico Highlands University Tuesday Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. inside 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.