CANYON, Texas (September 2, 2017) – After winning their first two sets Saturday, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball, dropped five consecutive sets to lose two matches in the BritKare Lady Buff Classic.
The Pack slipped 3-2 to Southwest Oklahoma State University (25-14, 25-23, 17-25, 22-25, 8-15). Then the ThunderWolves ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 sweep at the hands of University of Texas Permian Basin (21-25, 13-25, 18-25). They now stand 1-3 in 2017.
CSU-Pueblo. vs. Southwest Oklahoma State:
Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) shined in the setter role for the Pack against Southwest Oklahoma State with a career-high 44 assists. She also completed the double-double with 16 digs. Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) also had a double-double with 21 kills and 10 digs.
Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) had career-high 10 kills. Nichols added two blocks. She hit .303 and picked up nine blocks over the weekend.
Page Heller (So., Vancouver, Wash.) totaled 14 digs and eight kills. Heller set career-highs in both categories against the Bulldogs.
Turning Point: With The Pack trialing 17-16 in the third set, CSU-Pueblo was hoping to rally past the Bulldogs for a sweep victory. However, SWOSU went on a 5-0 run to put the Pack away and gain momentum.
Notable: Freshman, Brooke Schilling (Platteville, Colo.) knocked down her first three collegiate kills in the final two sets.
CSU-Pueblo vs. UT Permian Basin
The Falcons hit .342 and found the floor with 12 service aces to knock off the Pack. Broadwell finished with a match-high 13 kills. She averaged 4.64 kills per set and hit .274 in the opening weekend of her senior campaign.
Michalski added 18 more assists to her weekend total of 121. She averaged 9.31 assists per set.
The Falcons went on a 5-0 run to make it 9-3 early in set two. The Pack would never lead again after this run. They also had 6-0 run in the first set that flipped a three-point Pack lead into a three-point Falcon lead that they would never relinquish.
The Pack will return home to host the Steel & Silver Classic Friday Sept. 8 and Saturday Sept. 9. Their first match will be against No. 15 Wayne State College Friday at 11a.m. The ThunderWolves will also play Texas A&M University Commerce Friday at 7p.m. to wrap up their first day of action at Massari Arena in 2017.
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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.