TOPEKA, Kan. (August 25, 2018) – It took five sets, but Colorado State University- Pueblo Volleyball clawed their way past Southeastern Oklahoma State University to earn their first victory of the 2018 season.
The Pack beat the Savage Storm 3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-12) in the Washburn Invitational at the Lee Arena. In the second half of their doubleheader, the ThunderWolves fell to Henderson State University 3-0 (20-25, 10-25, 18-25).
Brooke Schilling (So., Platteville, Colo.) earned the Pack's first double-double of the season in the win. Schilling knocked down 13 kills and came up with 15 digs for her seventh career double-double. She also hit .286 and put down two service aces.
In their victory over the Savage Storm, CSU-Pueblo's freshmen took center stage. Playing in her first career match, Berkley Hays (Fr., Dallas, Texas) spiked down 11 kills, including one for match point. Hays hit .280 and recorded her first career block.
Grace Hern (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) came off the bench with 30 assists. She recorded her first three collegiate kills versus the Savage Storm. Hern handed out 14 more assists in the Pack's match against Henderson State. She compiled six digs in the loss.
Sarah Vang (Jr., Parker, Colo.) continued her impressive start to her Pack career. Vang led the Pack in kills in every match this weekend with 15 kills against Southeastern Oklahoma State. The D-I transfer tormented the Savage Storm with four aces. She put down 10 kills in the loss to the Reddies. Vang averaged 3.43 kills/set in her opening weekend with the Pack.
Page Heller (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) set a career-high with 28 digs in the five-set struggle. She also landed her first ace of the season. Heller had 10 more digs in the second match of the day to finish with 4.71 digs/set for the weekend.
Mallorie Post (So., Federal Way, Wash.) swatted a career-high 11 kills in the win over the Savage Storm. She had a block in each match Saturday.
Kelsey Bell (Jr., Los Lunas, N.M.) dished out 19 assists in the Pack's first match of the day. She had 12 assists and three digs in one set of competition in the loss to Henderson State.
CSU-Pueblo finished their opening weekend 1-3. The ThunderWolves will now host Angelo State University Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Pack's home opener at Massari Arena.
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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