PUEBLO, Colo. (October 26, 2017) – This weekend will see the final two home matches for Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball in 2017 as the Thunderwolves host Adams State University Friday. The Pack's four seniors will take the court at Massari Arena for the final time Saturday when they play Fort Lewis College. Both matches will start at 7 p.m.
Friday night will be high school /club volleyball night. All high school and club volleyball teams will get free tickets to Friday night's match. Anyone who wears a Pack Volleyball camp shirt from this past summer will also receive free tickets.
The Pack will celebrate the careers of its four seniors Saturday with a pregame ceremony honoring Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.), Misha McDowell (Gilbert, Ariz.), Elena Michalski (Longmont, Colo.), and Mikala Morris (Tempe, Ariz.). Fans who bring their ticket from Saturday's Pack Football game will receive free admission to Saturday night's volleyball match.
ThunderWolves at a Glance:
The Pack enters this weekend in a must-win situation to keep its postseason hopes alive. CSU-Pueblo sits 3.5 games out of a spot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament with five matches to go. A win over the Grizzlies, who currently hold the seventh spot in the conference, and the Skyhawks would go a long way to helping the Pack's postseason chances.
Broadwell has an opportunity to boost her standings in the Pack record book. She enters the weekend with the fifth-highest kills per set average of the rally scoring era with 3.68 kills per set. Broadwell's 2.97 kills per set for her career stands seventh most all-time. The Pack's leader in kills sits eighth all time with 8.68 attacks per set. She will likely enter the schools top 10 in total attacks this weekend.
In her first season serving, McDowell has 0.32 aces per set. McDowell's average stands as the fifth highest in Pack history (rally scoring era).
Michalski has been rolling of late. Over her last three matches, the Pack's setter has averaged 11.45 assists per set.
Leaders of the Pack:
Kills: Broadwell, 3.68 kills/set (fifth in RMAC)
Assists: Michalski 8.40 assists/set (10th in the RMAC)
Digs: PuaLehua Keola (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) 3.18 digs/set
Blocks: Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) 0.76 blocks per set
Hitting percentage (min. three attacks per set): Broadwell, .207
Scouting Adams State:
Outlook: The Grizzlies currently share seventh place in the RMAC standings with Black Hills State University. They are 6-6 in RMAC matches. Adams State has won three in a row.
Record:10-11 (6-6 RMAC)
All-time record vs. CSU-Pueblo: 40-38, The Grizzlies won all three meetings last season.
Last Meeting: Nov. 8, 2016, Adams State beat the Pack in a five set battle. Broadwell had 25 kills and 17 digs in this match.
Players to watch:
Mallory Grimsrud, (3.67 kills/set, sixth in the RMAC, 1.14 blocks/set, fourth in RMAC, .346 hitting percentage, sixth in RMAC)
Gabrielle Timmen, (4.38 digs/set, sixth in RMAC)
Scouting Fort Lewis:
Outlook: The Skyhawks stumble into the weekend as losers of six straight. Both of their losses last week came in five sets. They rank third in the RMAC with 15.97 digs per set.
Record: 8-12 (3-9 RMAC)
All-time record vs. CSU-Pueblo: 35-3, CSU-Pueblo has won its last three vs. Fort Lewis
Last Meeting: Oct. 29, 2016, the Pack beat the Skyhawks in five sets in Durango, Colo.
Players to watch: Megan Graefe, 5.15 digs per set (leads RMAC)
Bailey Longacre, 0.93 blocks per set (seventh in RMAC)
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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.