PUEBLO, Colo. (October 28, 2017) – In their last home match of the season, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball left it all out on the court. Unfortunately for the ThunderWolves and their fans, the Pack's best effort was not enough as Fort Lewis College spoiled the Pack's senior night by sneaking away with a five-set win (28-30, 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 12-15).
All five sets featured back and forth battles and long volleys. The Pack set a school record with 119 total digs.
Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) celebrated her senior night in style with a career-high 64 assists. In her final match at Massari Arena, Michalski reached 1,500 career assists. The Pack's setter also notched her 10th double-double of the season with 19 digs. Michalski added one of the Pack's seven service aces.
Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) was a monster in the middle of the Pack's attack. She spiked down a career-high 26 kills. Nichols' 26 kills stands just shy of the school record for most kills in a five-set match. The junior hit .451 for the match and added a pair of blocks.
PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) also narrowly missed out on a school record. Keola tallied 34 digs, finishing just one shy of the Katie Burnett's benchmark of 35 set last season. The Pack's libero averaged 5.4 digs per set for the weekend.
Senior, Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) collected her fifth double-double of the season. With her parents and family looking on, Broadwell found the ground with 14 kills and secured 16 digs. Broadwell put down a pair of aces as well.
Brooke Schilling (Fr., Platteville, Colo.) earned a double-double for the second consecutive night. Schilling scored 14 kills and 16 digs.
Misha McDowell (Sr., Gilbert, Ariz.) added three service aces for the Pack. McDowell's 0.33 service aces per set currently stands as the fifth highest single season total in school history.
The loss eliminates the Pack from postseason contention. Their program-high postseason streak is snapped at three.
Pack Volleyball will take the court Tuesday night when they travel to New Mexico Highlands University for a Halloween showdown with the Cowgirls. First serve is set for 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.