GUNNISON, Colo. (September 8, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball earned its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win of 2018 Saturday with a three-set sweep of Western State Colorado University at Paul Brown Gym.
The ThunderWolves dominated the first set 25-15. Set two and three were more competitive, but the Pack won set two 26-24 before taking set three 25-23.
Berkley Hays (Fr., Dallas, Texas) hit an incredible .556. Hays knocked down 11 kills, matching the highest total of her young career. She also had one block and one assist.
Fellow freshman Grace Hern (Omaha, Neb.) handed out 27 assists. Hern had five digs and two kills. She hit .667.
Page Heller (Fr., Vancouver, Wash.) totaled 14 digs. Heller also put down three aces.
Brooke Schilling (So., Platteville, Colo.) collected six kills and 12 digs. Schilling matched a season-high with four aces.
Grace Miles (So., Parker, Colo.) spiked her way to nine kills. Sarah Vang (Jr., Parker, Colo.) smacked seven kills and had three blocks. ShiAnn Rodriguez (R-So., Pueblo, Colo.) also swatted her way to three blocks.
The Pack used an 8-1 run to take a 14-7 lead in the first set. Western State closed back within five at 20-15. The ThunderWolves scored the last five points of the set to earn a 25-15 win in game one.
In set two, the Pack built a four-point lead at 7-3. They would maintain the lead for much of the set. Eventually, the Mountaineers tied the set at 21 and claimed the lead at 22-21. The Pack bounced back and tied the set.
The two teams traded points until the set was tied at 24. Faced with extra volleyball, Schilling and Vang crushed down impactful kills to give the Pack a 26-24 set win and a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Set three saw the Mountaineers jump out to an 8-3 lead. The Pack went on a 5-0 run to tie the set at 8-8. The game remained close until the Pack unleashed another five-point swing. Schilling served for both 5-0 runs the Pack went on.
The Mountaineers bounced back with a 4-0 run. However, they would never tie it again as the Pack emerged with a 25-23 set victory and the sweep.
CSU-Pueblo outhit Western State .202 to .052. They held the Mountaineers to a -.250 hitting clip in the first set.
With their first RMAC win in the books, the Pack will return home for three consecutive matches. The ThunderWolves will face New Mexico Highlands University Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Massari Area to start this homestand.
Tuesday's match against the Cowgirls will be Military Appreciation Day. All active –duty military personnel and veterans will receive free admission for themselves and up to four family members by presenting a military ID at the box office.
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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.