Pack Volleyball looks to get back on track during SD trip

Pack Volleyball looks to get back on track during SD trip

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 21, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball will look for its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win this weekend as the visit the Mount Rushmore State for a pair of crucial matches. The Pack will visit Black Hills State University Friday Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and attempt to knock off South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Saturday at 3p.m.

Live Stats vs. Black Hills State                                                      Live Stats vs. South Dakota Mines

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ThunderWolves at a Glance:

The Pack opened RMAC play with a pair of home losses. They dropped three-set matches to both Colorado Christian University and No. 20 Colorado School of Mines. The Pack showed some promise in their loss to the Orediggers, putting the No. 20 ranked team on the ropes in the third set with a 23-19 lead. CSU-Pueblo also hit a season-high .273 in that match.

Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) ranks third in the RMAC with 4.00 kills per set.  Broadwell knocked down a match-high 16 kills against the Orediggers.

Freshman Mallorie Post (Federal Way, Wash.) had an impressive showing off the bench. Post had four kills and two blocks in one set off the bench in the loss to Mines.

Leaders of the Pack:

Kills: Broadwell, 4.00 kills/set (3rd in RMAC, 32nd in D-II)

Assists: Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) 9.00 assists/ set (9th in the RMAC)

Digs:  PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii), 2.76 digs/set

Blocks: Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas), 0.61 blocks per set

Hitting percentage (min. three attacks per set): Post, .308

Aces: Misha McDowell (Sr., Gilbert, Ariz.) & Brooke Schilling (Fr., Platteville, Colo.), 0.25 aces/set

Scouting Black Hills State:

Outlook: The Yellow Jackets began RMAC play with a 1-1 week. They won a five-set struggle against Fort Lewis College, but fell in five sets to Adams State University. Black Hills State has a strong defense with 16.45 digs/set (third in the RMAC) and 1.95 blocks per set (fourth in the RMAC).

Record: 4-6 (1-1 RMAC)

All-time record vs. CSU-Pueblo: 1-4

Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2016, the Pack won 3-0 at Massari Arena

Players to watch: Cheyenne Palu, 1.13 blocks per set (second in RMAC)

                              Sydney Ederhoff, 4.34 digs/set, 4.25 digs/set (sixth in RMAC)

Scouting South Dakota Mines:

Outlook: The Hardrockers own an identical record to the Pack. South Dakota Mines opened RMAC play with a three-set loss to Adams State. They dropped a five-set match to the Skyhawks. The Hardrockers are the second-worst hitting team in the conference with a .118 hitting percentage.

Record: 1-9 (0-2 RMAC)

All-time record vs. CSU-Pueblo: 1-4

Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2016, the Pack won 3-0 at Massari Arena

Players to watch: Mikkella Reese, 0.43 service aces/set (Third in the RMAC, 2.86 kills /set

                               Kenzie DeVries, 2.50 kills/set

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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.