Pack survives five-set match battle with Fort Lewis

Pack survives five-set match battle with Fort Lewis

DURANGO, Colo. (October 29, 2016) Colorado State University-Pueblo  Volleyball fought off Fort Lewis College's rally attempt as the Pack secured an important 3-2 win (25-23, 25-21, 18-25, 23-25, 15-11). 

The win propels the ThunderWolves to a 9-14 record overall. CSU-Pueblo also evened its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record at 7-7. The Skyhawks fell to 5-17 (4-10 RMAC).

Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) powered the Pack's offense with 18 kills and a .250 hitting clip. Broadwell added nine digs for the second straight night.

Senior Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) picked up her second double-double of the weekend with 14 kills and 14 digs. Oddly enough, she had 14 kills and 14 digs against Adams State Friday night as well. Perez has nine consecutive games with 10 or more digs.

Celebrating her birthday, Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the Pack with five blocks, including two solos. She also recorded six kills and eight digs.

Fellow senior Morgan Wilkening (Fleming, Colo.) recorded a season high 12 kills. Wilkening hit .237 for the match.

Katie Burnett (Sr. Austin, Texas) added another 28 digs to her school record. Burnett also served up three more aces in the win.

Pack setter Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) filled the stat sheet with 30 assists, eight digs, and three service aces. Freshmen setter Kelsey Bell (Los Lunas, N.M.) added 14 assists and three digs. Page Heller (Fr., Vancouver, Wash.) chipped in eight assists and five digs.

Twice during the opening set, the Pack rallied from four points down to tie the match. With the first frame knotted up at 16 a piece, The Pack poured on a three-point run of its own to take the lead in the first. With the ThunderWolves up 21-19, Fort Lewis rattled off four straight points to take a two-point lead. 

With their backs against the wall, the Pack responded with a four-point run of its own. Capped by a Misha McDowell (Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.) and Wilkening block, the Pack rallied to take the first set 25-23.

Early in the second set, the two teams remained close. With the set tied at nine, the Pack went on an 8-2 run that would lead them to a 25-21 set win. They carried a 2-0 lead into the break.

Fort Lewis fought back following the intermission. The Skyhawks took both the third and fourth set to force a fifth and decisive set.

In the fifth and final set, the ThunderWolves went on a four-point run that gave them a 7-3 lead.  Fort Lewis closed within one on several occasions, but would never reclaim the advantage as the pack escaped with a hard-fought 15-11 win.

The Pack will now return home for a three –match homestand beginning Tuesday when New Mexico Highlands University pays the Pack a visit. Game Time on November 1st is set 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.