PUEBLO, Colo. (September 1, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball conquered Purdue Northwest University in a five-set struggle Saturday morning (25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 11-25, 15-13) at the Hilltopper Classic. The ThunderWolves would fall to University of Texas Permian Basin in three sets (16-25, 22-25, 17-25) Saturday afternoon.
Down 10-5 in the fifth-set against Purdue Northwest, the ThunderWolves rallied back with a 7-1 run. The Pack scored the final two points to complete the comeback and earn the win.
Mallorie Post (So., Federal Way, Wash.) was named to the Hilltopper Classic All-Tournament team. Post hit .281 for the tournament with 46 kills (2.88 kills/set) and five blocks. She had 14 kills in the Pack's win over the Pride and 12 kills in the afternoon match.
Grace Miles (So., Parker, Colo.) led the Pack to victory against the Pride with 21 kills. The 21 kills nearly doubled Miles' previous career-high of 11. She hit .311 for the match. Miles' 21 kills also stand as the highest total by a Pack student-athlete in a match this season. She also knocked down the match-clinching kill that secured the Pack's win over Purdue Northwest.
Grace Hern (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) earned her first career double-double with 44 assists and 20 digs. She would pick up her second career double-double just hours later with 27 assists and 12 digs against the Falcons.
ShiAnn Rodriguez (R-So., Pueblo, Colo.) set a career-high with 22 digs. Rodriguez knocked down six kills in the win over the Pride. The Pueblo native delivered a team-high 17 digs along with another six kills in the loss to the Falcons.
Libero, Page Heller (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) matched her career-high with 30 digs against the Pride. With 10 digs against the Falcons, Heller now has at least 10 digs in every match this season. She also had seven assists and three aces to help the Pack defeat the Pride.
Brooke Schilling (So., Platteville, Colo.) spiked her way to 16 kills to guide the ThunderWolves to victory. She would finish with six digs against Purdue Northwest.
Eleasah Marshall (Jr., Brenham, Texas) came up with 10 digs in the match against the Falcons. The Pack had 150 total digs Saturday.
After finishing their non-conference slate with a 2-7 record, the Pack will turn their attention to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Pack will start their RMAC slate on the road Friday Sept. 7 at Colorado Mesa University.
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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