Pack Volleyball bounced from RMAC Tournament by top seeded Roadrunners

Pack Volleyball bounced from RMAC Tournament by top seeded Roadrunners

DENVER, Colo. (November 15, 2016) – Facing a team that was unbeaten in conference play, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball battled, but ultimately fell to No. 17 Metro State University of Denver in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.  The Pack's loss to the top seeded Roadrunenrs eliminated the eighth seeded ThunderWolves from the RMAc tournament. 

The Pack finished the season 12-16 overall with a 10-8 record in RMAC games in Head Coach Jill Muhe's first season. CSU-Pueblo advanced to the conference tournament for the third consecutive season. This marked the first time in program history that the Pack had made the conference in three consecutive seasons.  The Roadrunners improved to 24-3 (18-0 RMAC).

Mariangel Perez (Sr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) led the Pack's offense with 12 kills. After receiving Second Team All-RMAC honors earlier in the day, Perez recorded four digs and a .242 hitting percentage.

RMAC Defensive Player of the Week, Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) hit over .300 for the second consecutive match with a .353 hitting percentage. Schultz knocked down seven kills. She compiled three digs and a block.

Pack setters Elena Michalski  (Jr., Longmont, Colo.) and Kelsey Bell (Fr., Los Lunas, N.M.) contributed both in the passing game and defensively.  Bell led the Pack with 14 assists. She added seven digs. Michalski dished out 12 assists and made eight digs.
 
After earning RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday, Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) made an impact defensively with a team-high 12 digs. Offensively, Broadwell delivered eight kills for the match. 

Junior Misha McDowell (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished with three blocks, one of which was a solo rejection. McDowell added three kills.

Down 9-4, the Pack went on a four-point run to cut the gap to one. Michalski had two straight service aces during this stretch. Once the Roadrunners broke serve, they scored six of the next seven points to build the lead back to five. CSU-Pueblo would inch back within three throughout the game, but never lead as the Roadrunners won the first set 25-20. Perez had five kills in the first set. Broadwell tacked on four kills and a .571 hitting percentage.

The Pack inched out to a 3-1 lead in the first. The two teams remained close for the remainder of the set. After MSU Denver built a three point lead, the Pack responded  on a 3-0 run of its own to tie the set at 22. With the set tied at 23, MSU Denver went on a 2-0 run that gave them a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

In the third set, MSU Denver staked themselves to a five-point lead at 16-11, but the Pack would erase it and eventually tie things up at 17. Completeing a 9-2 run, The ThunderWolves would eventually seize a 20-18 lead and momentum. However, a an attack off the block gave the Roadrunners a side out and some momentum. Though the Pack would tie it at 22, MSU Denver answered with three consecutive kills to win the third set 25-22 and eliminate the ThunderWolves from the tournament.

Though their careers came to a close, the Pack's five seniors all left their mark on the school and in the record books. In addition to a large number of individual records and top -10 performances, they were the first group of seniors to end their careers with three consecutive RMAC Tournament appearances.

 

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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.