RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 23, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team ended their losing streak and earned a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Saturday with a 3-1 win (20-25, 27-25, 25-17, 27-25) at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Senior Caitlin Broadwell (OH, Lawrence, Kan.) recorded her second 20-plus kill performance of the season with 20 against the Hardrockers. She hit .203 for the match and also added 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. The senior also added two block assists.
Freshman Brooke Schilling (OH, Platteville, Colo.) totaled 14 kills and hit .258 in the match. Leading the defense at the net was Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas), as she totaled four block assists. Senior Elena Michalski (Longmont, Colo.) totaled 27 assists and a team-high 20 digs.
After losing the first set 25-20 and trialing 15-10 in the second frame, the ThunderWolves (2-10, 1-3 RMAC) rattled off eight straight points to open a 18-15 advantage. Schilling had two kills during the run and Broadwell recorded a service ace.
SDSMT battled back with three straight points and the team traded blows until it was tied 25-25. Kills by Broadwell and senior Mikala Morris (RS/OH, Tempe, Ariz.) secured the set victory and knotted the match.
The Pack trailed 16-15 in the third set, but recorded an 8-0 run, aided by five Hardrocker errors, to open 23-16 lead and eventually win 25-17.
In the fourth set, the Pack trailed by as much as five and was down 21-18, but rallied to knot the set at 23-23. Schilling had three kills in a matter of four points for the Pack to guide the comeback. A kill by Broadwell gave the road team a 26-25 lead in the set and senior Misha McDowell (MB, Gilbert, Ariz.) put a exclamation on match point by finishing it with a service ace.
The ThunderWolves return home Sept. 29 to start a four-game homestand. The Pack host University of Colorado Colorado Springs at 7 p.m., then welcome Metro State University of Denver Sept. 30 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.