PUEBLO, Colo. (October 12, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball will hit the road for a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. The ThunderWolves will face Steel & Silver trophy rival University of Colorado Colorado Springs Friday at 7 p.m. The Pack will play Metro State University of Denver Saturday at 5 p.m. to wrap up their two-game road stint.
ThunderWolves at a Glance:
The Pack hopes to keep the momentum it gained from last weekend. CSU-Pueblo lost a competitive four-set struggle with Colorado Mesa University and defeated Western State Colorado University, 3-1.
PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) recorded a career-high 30 digs against the Mavericks last Friday. This performance carried Keola to her first career RMAC Defensive Player of the Week. The Pack's libero now has 10 or more digs and a service ace in each of her last four matches.
Keola was just part of an improved defensive effort for the Pack. Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) swatted a season-high seven blocks against the Mavericks. Nichols added four more rejections in the Pack's win over the Mountaineers.
Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) ranks fourth in the RMAC with 3.72 kills per set. Broadwell has posted double-digit kills in 11 matches this season.
The ThunderWolves were lethal from the service line against the Mountaineers with 14 aces. These 14 aces were the most by the Pack in a four-set match since 2003 and helped the Pack climb to fifth in the conference standings. Misha McDowell (Sr., Gilbert, Ariz.) ranks fifth in the RMAC with 0.33 aces per set thanks two aces against Western State.
Leaders of the Pack:
Kills: Broadwell, 3.72 kills/set (4th in RMAC)
Assists: Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) 7.80 assists/set
Digs: Keola, 3.33 digs/set
Blocks: Nichols, 0.76 blocks per set
Hitting percentage (min. three attacks per set): Mallorie Post (Fr., Federal Way, Wash.), .339
Outlook: The Mountain Lions went 1-1 last week. UCCS lost to MSU Denver, but beat Westminster College. Both matches went four sets.
Record: 9-7 (6-2 RMAC)
All-time record vs. CSU-Pueblo: 29-26
Last Meeting: Sept. 29, 2017, UCCS swept the Pack two weeks ago (16-25, 21-25, 20-25)
Players to watch: Taylor Hamilton (4.09 kills per set, second in RMAC)
Raelynn Edge (10.95 assists per set, third in RMAC)
Scouting MSU Denver:
Outlook: After losing their RMAC opener, the Roadrunners have rattled off seven consecutive victories. The Roadrunners lead the RMAC with 1.61 aces per set.
Record: 10-6 (7-1RMAC)
All-time record vs. CSU-Pueblo: 46-8
Last Meeting: Sept. 30, 2017, the Roadrunners won 3-0 at Massari Arena. The Pack last defeated the Road runners on Oct. 10, 1999.
Players to watch: Santaisha Sturgess, 4.04 kills per set (third in the RMAC)
Jackie Lopez 0.46 service aces per set (Second 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.