Highlands halts Pack’s momentum on Military Appreciation Night

Highlands halts Pack’s momentum on Military Appreciation Night

 PUEBLO, Colo. (September 11, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball started strong, but ultimately fell to New Mexico Highlands University 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 22-25, 21-25) Tuesday night at Massari Arena.

Grace Hern (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) dished out a career-high 53 assists. Hern achieved her second-career double-double with 10 assists. The setter tacked on two kills and hit .500. Hern's 53 assists were the most by a Pack player in a four-set match since Kacy Griffin had 54 assists against Eastern New Mexico University Sept. 8, 2012.

Sarah Vang (Jr.,  Parker, Colo.) knocked down 21 kills. Vang also collected a career-high 13 digs to earn her first double-double with the Pack. The 21 kills stand as Vang's career-high at CSU-Pueblo.  She hit .255 for the match. 

Mallorie Post (So., Federal Way, Wash.) set a career-high with four blocks including two solo blocks.  She smacked down 11 kills. Post recorded a .231 hitting percentage.

Libero Page Heller (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) led the Pack with 24 digs. Her 24 digs were a career-high for a four-game match.

Grace Miles (So., Parker, Colo.) earned her first career double-double. Miles knocked down 10 kills and collected a career-high 11 digs. She had two blocks.

Brooke Schilling (So., Platteville, Colo.) picked up her fourth double-double of the season. She accumulated 10 kills and 11 digs.

Bayley Ricottone (So., Pueblo, Colo.) had two aces. Berkley Hays (Fr., Dallas, Texas) finished with three blocks and six kills.

The ThunderWolves used a 5-1 run to take control of set one, making it 15-10. CSU-Pueblo rolled to a 25-19 win in set one. Schilling knocked down six kills in the first set. The Pack outhit the Cowgirls .220 to .023 in the first set.

After the Pack picked up the first point of set two, the Cowgirls went on a 5-0 run to take control of the set. They led by as many as 10, but the Pack rallied back within four at 23-19, but it was too late and the Cowgirls claimed set two 25-19. Vang had seven kills in set two.

NMHU unleashed a 9-2 run to start the third set. The Pack once again rallied, this time closing the gap to two points at 24-22. Once again, the Pack could not complete the comeback as Highlands held on to take set three 25-22.

 A 4-0 run put the Pack up 14-9 midway through the fourth set. Highlands battled back and tied the set at 16. The two teams traded the lead the rest of the set. The Pack took a 21-20 edge. However, the Cowgirls would score the final five points of the match to seal a 25-21 victory in set four and close out the 3-1 win.

The ThunderWolves slipped to 3-9 with a 1-2 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Cowgirls stand 4-7 (2-1 RMAC).

CSU-Pueblo will continue it three-game homestand Friday when they play South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena.  Friday's match will be YMCA Night at Massari Arena. All YMCA members will receive discounted tickets and all kids wearing YMCA youth jerseys will receive free admission.

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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.