Close sets tilt away from Pack Volleyball at UCCS

Close sets tilt away from Pack Volleyball at UCCS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 13, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball clashed with rival University of Colorado Colorado Springs Friday night. The Pack gave the Mountain Lions a fight, but could not pull off the upset, as UCCS escaped with a 3-0 win (20-25, 27-29, 23-25).

Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) collected her seventh double-double of the season. Michalski dished out 28 assists and came up with 16 digs.

Senior, Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) led the Pack with 10 kills. She also added eight digs. Broadwell hit a team –best .321, her best hitting percentage since Sept. 16 vs. Colorado School of Mines.

Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) swatted two blocks, including one solo block. Nichols slammed home seven kills.

Brooke Schilling (Fr., Platteville, Colo.) secured 14 digs and four kills.  Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the week, PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) tallied 10 digs.

The Pack got off to a good start, jumping out to a 4-1 lead in set one. UCCS scored nine of the next 11 points to take the lead. This run would be the difference as the Mountain Lions rolled to a 25-20 win in set one.

A four-point run gave the Pack a 7-4 lead. The Mountain Lions responded to jump in front 13-9. CSU-Pueblo would quickly tie it up at 14-14. The two teams remained close for the rest of the set. The Pack jumped in front 24-22.  Despite four tries at set point, the Pack could not close it out. UCCS used three straight points to take set two 29-27.

The two teams continued to battle in set three. CSU-Pueblo staked itself to a 22-19 lead, but UCCS quickly erased it with a 4-0 run. After the Pack tied it up at 23, the Mountain Lions scored the final two points of the match to close out the ThunderWolves 25-23.

After giving the Mountain Lions a fight, the Pack will try to split their two-game road trip Saturday when they face Metro State University Denver at 5 p.m. The ThunderWolves will return home Tuesday Oct. 17 when they face Westminster College at 7 p.m. Tuesday's match at Massari Arena will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night to honor Dr. Dan Caprioglio. All CSU-Pueblo employees will be admitted to Tuesday's match for free.

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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.