Inconsistent ThunderWolves stumble at Chadron

Inconsistent ThunderWolves stumble at Chadron

CHADRON, Neb. (October 21, 2017) An uneven performance by Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball set the ThunderWolves back as they fell to Chadron State College in four sets (27-25, 14-25, 23-25, 15-25) Saturday night at the Chicoine Center.

Oddly enough, CSU-Pueblo fared better in odd number sets than it did in even numbered ones.  The Pack hit. .296 combined in sets one and three compared to just .076 in sets two and four. 

Senior setter Elena Michalski (Longmont, Colo.) averaged over 10 assists per set for the third consecutive match. Michalski handed out 45 assists and ended up with five assists. She was also an offensive weapon for the Pack with three kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Michalski also aced three serves.

Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) narrowly missed a double-double. Broadwell battered 14 kills on a .214 hitting clip. She also delivered nine digs and two blocks.

Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) slammed down 11 kills and hit .265 for the match.  Fellow junior PuaLehua Keola (Honolulu, Hawaii) led the Pack with 15 digs. Grace Miles (Fr., Parker, Colo.) scored 10 kills on the night.

The Pack came out strong. A 5-1 run put the Pack up 16-10 in the first. The Eagles turned it around with a 10-2 run of their own to jump in front 20-18. CSU-Pueblo answered with a 6-2 run to go up 24-22. Facing set point, the Eagles responded scoring two in a row to force bonus points.  Finally, on their fourth try at set point, the Pack broke through to win set one 27-25. Broadwell had five kills in the first set. 

In set two, the Eagles went on an early five-point run to go up 6-2. The Pack would never get any closer than three as the Eagles closed set two on a 12-4 run to win it 25-14.

Coming out of the break, the Pack used a 6-2 run to claim a 9-4 lead. The Pack led by as many as seven, but they could not hold it as Chadron rallied to take set three 25-23.

Set four stayed close early as the Pack held a 7-6 advantage. However, a 12-1 run by Chadron would be the difference as they rolled to a 25-15 set win that gave them the victory.

The ThunderWolves will return to Pueblo for their final two home matches of the 2017 season next weekend. They will face Fort Lewis College Friday at 7 p.m. The Pack will host its home finale Saturday against Adams State University as CSU-Pueblo celebrates senior day 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.