ThunderWolves topple Griffins in four set win

ThunderWolves topple Griffins in four set win

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 17, 2017) On Honor Roll Night, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball taught the Westminster College Griffins a lesson, beating Westminster in four sets (25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20). 

With the win, the Pack improved to 3-8 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. They moved up two places in the RMAC standings into 11th place. The Pack sits just 1.5 games out of the final RMAC Tournament spot. CSU-Pueblo hit .220 for the match, their second-best hitting performance of the season.

Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) matched her career-high with 49 assists. Michalski's previous career-high came in a five-set match, but she matched this record in just four sets, averaging 12.25 assists per set. 

A member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Michalski achieved her eighth double-double of the season with 10 digs. The Pack's setter put down a season-high three kills in the win.

Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) knocked down a career-high 16 kills.Nichols hit .312 for the match. Nichols also swatted down five blocks.

Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) tied Nichols for the team-lead in kills with 16. Broadwell delivered seven digs and hit .250.  The Pack's captain came up with a season-high four blocks.

Freshman Brooke Schilling (Platteville, Colo.) narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and a team-high 15 digs.  PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) also added 10 digs.

Entering the match with identical RMAC records, the Pack and Griffins seemed evenly matched in the early going.  A four-point run put the Griffins up 6-3. The Pack rallied to tie the match at 11. The Pack went on a 3-0 run that put them up 20-17, but the Griffins tied it with a 3-0 swing of their own. CSU-Pueblo pulled away with the last two points taking set one 25-23 on a block from Nichols and Broadwell. 

The Pack began set two on a 3-0 run, but couldn't sustain it as the Pack tied it at five. It would remain close until the Griffins scored four consecutive points to take a 17-14 lead. They rode this run to a 25-19 win in set two.

CSU-Pueblo recognized its 183 honor roll athletes in a ceremony between sets two and three. This Honor Roll Night was dedicated to former Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Dan Caprioglio, who passed away this summer.

Westminster came out of the break with a four-point flurry. However, like the Pack a set earlier, they could not maintain the lead as CSU-Pueblo tied it at five.  The two teams would trade points until the Pack finally scored consecutive points to take a 15-13 lead. They kept this edge as the ThunderWolves claimed set three 25-23.

Set four belonged to the Pack from the beginning. CSU-Pueblo scored the first three points of the frame. The Griffins would not get any closer as the Pack closed out a 3-1 win with a 25-20 win in set four. 

The Pack will take to the road Friday for a clash with No. 9 Regis University at 7 p.m.  CSU-Pueblo returns to Massari Arena for their final two home matches of the season Friday Oct. 27- Saturday Oct. 28. Both matches will start 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.