Heller shatters dig record in five set thriller

Heller shatters dig record in five set thriller

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 15, 2018) – Page Heller set the Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball record for digs in a match, but the Pack fell to Black Hills State University 3-2in a five-set fight Saturday night at Massari Arena.

The ThunderWolves won the first set 25-19 and took set two 25-18. However, the Yellow Jackets would rally with a 25-23 win in set three and a 29-27 win in set four. In the decisive fifth set, the Yellow Jackets completed the comeback with a 21-19 victory.

Heller (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) shattered the CSU-Pueblo record with 39 digs. Her 39 digs eclipsed Katie Burnett's previous school record of 35 set October 1, 2016. The converted setter averaged 7.8 digs per set for the match and 6.92 digs per set for the week. Heller had three service aces and dished out three assists.

Brooke Schilling (So., Platteville, Colo.) knocked down a career-high 24 kills, beating her previous high of 16. She earned her third consecutive double-double with 12 digs. Schilling hit .231.

Grace Hern (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) handed out a career-best 61 assists. She completed the double-double with 13 digs. Hern put down two service aces.

Fellow freshman Berkley Hays (Dallas, Texas) swatted her way to a career-best eight blocks. Hays also hammered down 11 kills. Her eight blocks are the most by a ThunderWolf in almost two years. She hit .259.

Grace Miles (So., Parker, Colo.) claimed her second double-double of the week with 13 kills and 10 digs.  Miles also factored in a career-high five blocks.

Sarah Vang (Jr., Parker, Colo.) also had a double-double with 11 kills and 19 digs. Vang's 19 digs were a career-high. She has a double-double in each of her last three matches.

Mallorie Post (So., Federal Way, Wash.) led the Pack with a .300 hitting percentage. Post knocked down 13 kills.

The Pack scored the first three points of the first set and never looked back. They led by as many as nine (19-10) before rolling to a 25-19 set win. Schilling smacked six kills in the first set. 

In set two, the Pack used an 8-0 run to stake themselves to a 16-7 lead. Hern served seven consecutive times. The ThunderWolves would not let the Yellow Jackets get closer than five in the second set as the pulled away with a 25-18 win.

However, the Yellow Jackets would fight back in the third set. The Pack used a 4-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. Black Hills battled back with a 5-0 run that made it 13-10. The Pack rallied back within one, but the Yellow Jackets escaped the set with a 25-23 win.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the fourth set. The Pack fought back and tied the set at 16. Late in the set, the Pack had two chances at match point, but could not close it out as the Yellow Jackets finished the set with a 29-27win.

In the decisive fifth set, the Pack came out firing on their way to an 8-2 lead. The Yellow Jackets clawed back to take a 14-12 lead. The Pack fought off two match points and had five match points of their own, but the Yellow Jackets scored the final three points to put away the home team 21-19.

The ThunderWolves will begin a four-match road trip Friday with a visit to Colorado Christian University. First serve in Lakewood, Colo. 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.