ThunderWolves tripped up on final day of Steel & Silver Classic

ThunderWolves tripped up on final day of Steel & Silver Classic

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 9, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Saturday, the final day of the Steel & Silver Classic falling in straight sets in matches against No. 19 Central Oklahoma and Newman in the nightcap.

Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) earned her third double-double of the season in the Pack's morning match with UCO. The captain led the team with 13 kills and 12 digs. She also added a service ace.

The Pack stuck with the No. 19 Bronchos in the first set. With the scored tied at 18, UCO embarked on a three-point run that they would need to close out the first set 25-21. Broadwell knocked down 5 kills in the first set. Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) landed four kills in the opening stanza.

In the second set, the Bronchos used a 5-1 run to take a 15-10 lead. The Pack would tie the game at 17. However, another  5-1 run led the Bronchos to a 25-19 win and a 2-0 lead.

UCO continued the pressure in the third set. Though they never had a big run, the Bronchos strung together points to pull away with a 25-20 set win to sweep the Pack.

Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) totaled 27 assists and 9 digs.

Pualehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) gathered 11 digs against the Bronchos, giving her three consecutive matches with 10 or more digs.

In the weekend finale against Newman, the ThunderWolves opened the match sluggish as they tried matching the intensity of Newman.

Broadwell paved the way with nine kills followed by Mallorie Post (Fr., Federal Way, Wash.) with six.  

The Pack will continue its six-match homestand Sept. 15-16 when they open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The ThunderWolves will welcome Colorado Christian University Friday and Colorado School of Mines Saturday. Both matches will start at 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.