PUEBLO, Colo. (October 27, 2017) –Colorado State University-Pueblo could not grind out a win Friday night as the ThunderWolves fell to Adams State University in four sets (19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 17-25) in front of 523 fans at Massari Arena.
Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) started her senior weekend with a strong performance. Michalski dealt out 41 assists. The Pack's setter achieved her ninth double-double of the season with 10 digs.
Brooke Schilling (Fr., Platteville, Colo.) also picked up a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs. Schilling's 15 kills marked a career-high. The freshman also served up a pair of aces and recorded a pair of blocks.
Fellow freshman Grace Miles (Parker, Colo.) knocked down nine kills. Miles also secured a career-high 10 digs.
Page Heller (So., Vancouver, Wash.) matched Miles with 10 digs. Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) spiked down nine kills in the loss. PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) led the Pack with 15 digs.
The Grizzlies jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the first set. They would remain in front for the whole set, taking the first frame 25-19. Miles had six kills and hit .750 in set one.
In set two, the tables turned as the Pack staked itself to a 10-3 lead. Adams State battled back to tie it at 21. After the Grizzlies took a 22-21 lead, the Pack answered with four consecutive points to even the match at 1-1. Schilling scored with nine kills in the second set.
Adams State took control of set three from the beginning. They would limit the Pack to -.024 hitting percentage as they claimed set three 25-16.
Set four started in favor of the Pack. Five consecutive points put the Pack up 7-3. Adams State responded with a 6-0 of its own to vault back in front. CSU-Pueblo could never reclaim the advantage, falling in set four 25-17.
The loss makes the Pack's road to their fourth consecutive postseason appearance much tougher. In order to make the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament the ThunderWolves would need to win out and have the Grizzlies lose out. CSU-Pueblo would also need some other teams to slip up. The Pack would also have to sweep the Grizzlies in their regular season finale Nov. 10.
CSU-Pueblo will take the court at home for the final time in 2017 Saturday at 7 p.m. when the ThunderWolves clash with Fort Lewis College. The Pack will celebrate the careers of its four seniors Saturday night. Fans who bring their Pack Football ticket to Massari Arena will get in 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.