DENVER, Colo. (October 14, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo could not slow down the Metro State University Denver Roadrunners in a three-set loss (23-25, 13-25, 16-25) Saturday night at Auraria Events Center.
Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) led the Pack with seven kills and two blocks. Nichols hit .312 with a service ace.
Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) narrowly missed her second double-double of the weekend. Michalski handed out 22 assists and came up with nine digs.
Freshmen took center stage for the Pack. Kiara Olson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) started the first match of her career. In her first career start, Olson led the Pack with 10 digs. She added five kills.
Grace Miles (Fr., Parker, Colo.) recorded a team-best .357 hitting percentage on six kills. Miles tacked on a block and two digs.
The Pack kept pace with the Roadrunners in the first set. CSU-Pueblo started the first set with a 9-3 run to hold an early lead. Holding a 15-10 advantage, the Pack surrendered a 9-2 run that gave the Roadrunners the advantage. Though the ThunderWolves would stay within reach, MSU Denver used the momentum it gained from that run to take set one, 25-23.
Set two was close early. The two teams sat tied at nine after the first 18 points. The Roadrunners went on an 8-2 swing that put them 17-11. Another 8-2 run silenced the Pack in set two as the Roadrunners pulled away 25-13.
The Roadrunners came out of the break on fire scoring the first seven points of the third set. CSU-Pueblo would never get closer than five as the Roadrunners completed the sweep with a 25-16 victory in set three.
CSU-Pueblo hit just .071 for the match. The Roadrunners have now won nine consecutive matches to improve their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record to 9-1. CSU-Pueblo owns a 2-8 conference mark.
The ThunderWolves will return home Tuesday Oct. 17 when they face Westminster College at 7 p.m. Tuesday's match at Massari Arena will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night to honor Dr. Dan Caprioglio. All CSU-Pueblo employees will be admitted to Tuesday's match for free.
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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.