ThunderWolves keep pace with No. 20 Mines in three-set loss

ThunderWolves keep pace with No. 20 Mines in three-set loss

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 16, 2017) Facing a tough test in the form of No. 20 Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University – Pueblo Volleyball battled, but ultimately fell to the Orediggers in three sets (22-25, 19-25, 23-25) in the final match of their season-long six match homestand.

The Pack hit a season-best .273. However, the Orediggers hit .382 to improve to 8-3 (2-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).  CSU-Pueblo sits 0-2 in RMAC play.

Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence,  Kan.) led all players with a match-high 16 kills. Broadwell hit a season-high .359. She finished with seven digs.

Freshman Mallorie Post (Federal Way, Wash.) came off the bench with an impressive four kills and two blocks in only one set. Post hit a team-high .429 for the match. 

Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) dished out 30 assists. She accumulated four digs in the loss.

Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) totaled eight kills and hit. 312.  Fellow junior PuaLehua Keola (Honolulu, Hawaii) led the Pack with nine digs. Page Heller (So., Vancouver, Wash.) picked up eight digs.

Misha McDowell (Sr., Gilbert, Ariz.) and Brooke Schilling (Fr., Platteville, Colo.) each knocked down five kills. McDowell hit ,364 for the match.

Early in the first set, the Orediggers used a four-point run to jump out to a 10-5 lead. The Pack would tie the favored Mines squad at 15. Though the Pack would keep pace with them, the rest of the set, the Orediggers were able to secure a 25-22 win in the first. Broadwell spiked down eight of her 16 kills in the first set.

In the second set, the Orediggers rode a 5-0 run to a 10-3 lead. The Pack would rally within two at 21-19. However, Mines would score the final four points of the set to carry a 2-0 lead into the break. They hit .500 in the second set.

The Pack came out of the intermission with new lineup and a new intensity. They went on a 9-1 run to seize an 11-5 lead. Post came in and made an impact with all four of her kills in the third set.  The ThunderWolves held the advantage for much of the third set, riding the momentum to a 23-19 lead. With their backs against the wall, the Orediggers put away the final six points of the set to complete the sweep.  

CSU-Pueblo will hit the road for two matches in the Mount Rushmore State as the Pack faces Black Hills State University Friday Sept. 22 and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Saturday Sept. 23.  The ThunderWolves will return home to Massari Arena Friday Sept. 29 for a showdown against Steel & Silver Trophy Rival University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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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.