Roadrunners sprint past Pack in three sets

Roadrunners sprint past Pack in three sets

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 30, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball struggled offensively for the second consecutive night, falling to Metro State University Denver in straight sets (15-25, 10-25, 13-25) Saturday night at Massari Arena.

The ThunderWolves could only muster a .049 hitting percentage, just slightly better than their .020 hitting percentage the night before against University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  Metro State hit .337 for the match. 

PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) collected 11 digs for the second consecutive night. Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) swatted down three blocks.

CSU-Pueblo kept pace with the Roadrunners early in the first set. With Pack down 11-10, the Roadrunners went on a 5-0 run that expanded to a 9-1 lead. Metro would ride this to a 25-15 set win.

After the Pack jumped out to a 3-1 lead in set two, the Roadrunners answered with an 11-1 run. MSU Denver never looked back, rolling to a 25-10 set win.

In set three the Roadrunners used a 7-1 run to take a 9-4 lead. Despite the Pack's rally attempt, the ThunderWolves fell in the final set 25-13.

Saturday's loss extended the Pack's struggles against the Roadrunners. Metro State has won each of the last 20 matchups between the two squads. MSU Denver improved to 8-6 (5-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).

The ThunderWolves will look to bounce back with two more home matches next weekend. CSU-Pueblo will continue RMAC play when they host Colorado Mesa University Friday at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena. The Pack will complete their four-match homestand Saturday Oct.7 when they host Western State Colorado University at 3 p.m. as part of the Pack's homecoming celebration.

 

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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.