SPEARFISH, S.D. (Sept. 22, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team opened a road Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match at Black Hill State University with a 2-0 set lead, but would fall in the final three sets for a 3-2 loss.
The ThunderWolves (1-10, 0-3 RMAC) came out swinging in the first two sets and won 25-22 and 25-19 to hold the lead into the intermission. The home team responded and won the final three sets 25-15, 25-23 and 15-12.
Senior Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) finish the match with a team-high 17 kills and added nine digs. Senior setter Elena Michalski (Longmont, Colo.) gathered 49 assists and totaled 15 digs. Libero PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) posted 20 digs and finished the five assists and three services aces. Freshman Grace Miles (Parker, Colo.) was the second top hitter for the Pack with 11 kills.
The Pack jumped out to a 10-3 first set lead and was ahead 19-12 before closing the opener 25-15.
Set two was again all CSU-Pueblo early, as the road squad posted a 10-4 advantage. BHSU cut the deficit to just one at 18-17 before the Pack rattled off three straight points to make it 21-17. The set was tied 21-21 before a kill by Miles and two attack errors by the Yellow Jackets allowed the ThunderWolves to take set two 25-22.
It was all Black Hills State out of the break, as they opened a 5-1 lead, en route to the 25-15 third set win.
The fourth set was a back-and-forth affair with neither team holding more than a four point lead. In the end, it would be a Yellow Jacket victory 25-23.
CSU-Pueblo took the first point of the fifth and final set, but wouldn't lead the rest of the way. BHSU won the next three points and used the momentum to take the set 15-12 and the match 3-2.
The ThunderWolves will look for their first RMAC victory Saturday at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The match begins at 3 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.