PUEBLO, Colo. (October 7, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball picked up its first home win of 2017 with a 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-23, 25-23) victory over Western State Colorado University Saturday afternoon at Massari Arena.
The ThunderWolves put down 14 service aces. Those 14 aces are the most by a Pack team since Aug. 30, 2003. Eight different ThunderWolves found the floor for an ace.
Kelsey Bell (So., Los Lunas, N.M.) led the Pack with six service aces. Bell also accounted for 16 assists and five digs.
Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) collected her sixth double-double of the season with 23 assists and 15 digs. Michalski finished with two service aces for the second consecutive night.
Brooke Schilling (Fr., Platteville, Colo.) also came through with a double-double. Schilling knocked down 10 kills and 12 digs to earn her third double-double of the season.
Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) led the Pack in kills as she has every match this season. Broadwell delivered 13 kills and eight digs. She blocked three attacks.
Senior Mikala Morris (Tempe, Ariz.) came off the bench with her best hitting effort of the season. Morris hit .400 over two sets. She put away a season-high five kills.
Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) tacked on seven kills and four blocks. Nichols swatted 11 attacks over two matches this weekend. She also got in on the act with a service ace.
PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) led the pack with 16 digs. She finished the weekend with 47 digs in eight set, an average of 5.88 digs per set. Keola had an ace as well.
Freshman Mallorie Post (Federal Way, Wash.) matched her career-high with six kills. Post hit .333 and added a block and her first career ace.
The two teams stayed competitive for the first half of the opening set. Up 12-11, the Pack scored four consecutive points to put some distance between them and the Mountaineers. Western State would never get any closer than four. The Pack picked up the final four points of the set on their way to a 25-17 win.
Western State bounced back in the second set. With the score tied at four, the Mountaineers went on a 9-3 run to go up 13-7. Though the Pack would close within one, Western State would not squander their lead, winning the second set 25-20 and sending the two teams into the break tied at one.
Coming out of the break, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 5-1 lead. The ThunderWolves would tie the set at six. The set of swings continued as the Pack unleashed a 5-0 run to take a 20-12 lead. Western went on a 9-1 run of its own to tie the third frame at 21. Each team went on a 2-0 run after that to tie the set at 23. The Pack would close out the set with a Mountaineer error and an emphatic block from Nichols and Broadwell to put away the Mountaineers 25-23.
Early in the fourth set, the Pack went on a 7-0 run to take an 11-3 lead. Bell had four of her six aces during this run alone. The Mountaineers would fight back to tie the set at 13 after a 10-2 run. CSU-Pueblo responded with a 6-0 run. Morris had two kills during this swing. Western State would close within one at 24-23. The Pack would not blow their lead as the finally earned their elusive first home win behind a 25-23set win that gave them the match victory, 3-1.
CSU-Pueblo will try to make it two in a row as they hit the road for a pair of matches. The ThunderWolves will face University of Colorado Springs Friday at 7 p.m. and Metro State University Denver Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Pack will return home Tuesday Oct. 17 when they face Westminster College. This game will be honor roll night as CSU-Pueblo Atheltics recognize the Pack student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher in the spring semester.
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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.