Pack Volleyball meets Westminster in must-win match

Pack Volleyball meets Westminster in must-win match

PUEBLO, Colo. (November 11, 2016) – In their final match of the regular season, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball travels to Salt Lake City, Utah to face Westminster College Saturday at 4 p.m. For the ThunderWolves this match is a must-win if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive.

The Pack enters the weekend with a 9-8 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and 11-15 overall. CSU-Pueblo sits one match behind Western State Colorado University and Adams State University for the eighth and final spot in the RMAC standings. The ThunderWolves need to beat the Griffins and have Adams State beat Western for the Pack to earn a postseason bid.

If CSU-Pueblo reaches the RMAC Tournament, the Pack would earn their third consecutive postseason appearance. It would be the first time in program history that the Pack made the RMAC Tournament in three consecutive seasons.

The ThunderWolves defeated Westminster, Nov.5. The Pack won in four sets at Massari Arena (25-21, 25-15, 21-25, 25-14). Elena Michalski (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) had 29 assists and 11 digs in that contest.

ThunderWolves at Glance:

-  Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) put together a career-night in the Pack's loss to Adams State Tuesday night. Broadwell finished with 25 kills, just two away from the school's single-match record. She earned her fourth double-double with a career-best 17 digs. She hit .261 for the match.

- Broadwell's 3.33 kills/set average would be the seventh highest by a Pack student-athlete. Her 336 kills this season is also seventh most at CSU-Pueblo.

- Senior Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) continued her record setting campaign Tuesday with 22 digs. Burnett broke the single-season record with her 491st dig in that match. This shattered her own school-record of 484 digs. Burnett's 5.06 dig/set average would also set a school record.

- Burnett sits just two service aces shy of the single-season record. Her 0.38 aces/set average would be the second-highest average in school history.

-  Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) has the ninth highest blocking average in school history (0.94). With 95 total blocks in 2016, Schultz ranks 10th in Pack in history. Three more blocks would move Schultz into sole possession of eighth place.

- Michalski has a double-double in each of her last two matches. The setter has seven double-doubles this season. This includes a 24 assist and 14 dig effort Tuesday against the Grizzlies.

- Freshman, Kelsey Bell (Los Lunas, N.M.) had a career-high 26 assists against the Grizzlies. Bell has averaged 4.21 assists/set.

- The ThunderWolves rank fourth in the RMAC with 2.10 blocks per set. CSU-Pueblo stands fourth in the conference in digs (16.74).

Scouting Westminster:

-The Griffins bring a 4-22 record overall into their regular season finale. They own a 2-15 mark in RMAC play. Westminster has lost five matches in a row.

- CSU-Pueblo holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series against Westminster. The Pack has won both matches in four sets.

-Aubrey Louder had 16 kills in the first meeting between the Pack and Griffins this season. She averages 2.09 kills/set.

-Amara Spere leads the Griffins with 3.40 kills/set. Spere had 13 kills against the Pack last Saturday.

-The Griffins surrender 14.05 kills/set. This is most kills allowed by any school in the RMAC.

 

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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