ThunderWolves held in check by UCCS

ThunderWolves held in check by UCCS

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 29, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball could not overcome an error filled performance as the ThunderWolves fell to University of Colorado Colorado Springs 3-0 (16-25, 21-25, 20-25) Friday night at Massari Arena.

CSU-Pueblo could not maintain an offensive rhythm. The ThunderWolves had a negative hitting percentage in both sets one and three. Their .020 hitting percentage was their lowest total of the season. The Mountain Lions hit .231.

Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.)  collected a team-high nine kills and a team-best .192 hitting percentage. Broadwell filled the stats sheet with two blocks, two service aces, and seven digs.

Setter Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) finished with a double-double. Michalski totaled 10 assists and 10 digs. Fellow setter Kelsey Bell (So., Los Lunas, N.M. ended up with nine assists and two digs.

The Pack came out slow, falling behind their Steel & Silver trophy rivals 8-1 early in the first. However, the Pack bouncef back within one, making it 9-8, thanks to a 7-1 run of their own. UCCS answered on a 7-0 run to build the lead back to 16-8. UCCS would not let the Pack answer this time as they rolled to a 25-16 win in set one.

In set two, the Pack took control, building a 5-1 lead. They led for much of the set until the Mountain Lions tied it at 19. UCCS ended the set on a 7-2 run that gave them a 25-21 set win and a 2-0 lead at the break.

Coming out of the break, the ThunderWolves seized a 7-2 lead early in the third. With the ThunderWolves on top 14-12, UCCS unleashed a 5-0 run to go up 17-14. They never relinquished the lead. They closed out the Pack 25-21 to complete the sweep.

The Pack will look to split the weekend Saturday when they host Metro State University Denver at 7 p.m. Any fan who brings their ticket from the Pack football game vs. Colorado Mesa University will receive free admission to Saturday night's volleyball match.

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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.