CANYON, Texas (Sept. 1, 2017) – In the their second match of the day, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball could not overcome West Texas A&M University, falling to Lady Buffs 3-0 (16-25, 22-25, 14-25). After their loss to the host of the BritKare LadyBuffy Classic, the Pack stands 1-1 on the season.
Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) finished the day with 5.17 kills per set. After collecting 15 kills in the Pack's win over St. Mary's University in the morning, Broadwell put away 16 kills against the Lady Buffs to total 31 kills. She added two blocks and four digs.
Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) led the Pack in hitting percentage in both matches Friday. Nichols hit .393 for the day with six kills in each match. The middle blocker swatted five total shots with three blocks in the loss to West Texas.
Setter, Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) passed out 30 assists, to average 10.0 assists per set. With 29 assists against the Rattlers, Michalski completed her first day of the season with 59 assists. Michalski chipped in two aces and four digs.
Misha McDowell (Sr., Gilbert, Ariz.) spiked her way to seven kills against West Texas and 13 on the day. Pualehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) led the team with 10 digs.
The Pack got off to a slow start in the first set as the Lady Buffs sprinted ahead to a 7-1 lead in the first frame. Though the Pack clawed back within two, West Texas would eventually pull away to win the first set 25-16.
CSU-Pueblo used a 9-1 run to take a 10-5 lead early in the second set. West Texas would rally to tie the game at 13. They would take the second set 25-22, thanks to a .571 hitting performance.
The Lady Buff scored the first four points of the third set and never looked back. They would take the third frame 25-14 to complete the sweep.
After going 1-1 on their first day of the season, the Pack will try to go 2-0 on day two of the Lady Buff Classic. They face Southwest Oklahoma State University at 10 a.m. The Pack will play their final match of the weekend at 2:30 p.m. against University of Texas Permian Basin.
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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.