LAS VEGAS, N.M. (October 31, 2017) – On Halloween Night, it was mostly tricks and very few treats for Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball as the Pack could not overcome New Mexico Highlands University in a four-set loss (16-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-25).
Brooke Schilling (Fr., Platteville, Colo.) haunted Highlands with a barrage of kills and digs. Schilling finished with a double-double knocking down 14 kills and picking up 13 digs.
Elena Michalski (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) collected assists like children collect candy on Halloween night. Michalski recorded 44 assists. She now has 40 or more assists in each of her last four matches. The Pack's setter also gave the Pack seven digs.
Caitlin Broadwell (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) could be what gives the Cowgirls nightmares for some time. Broadwell blasted 13 kills and hit .179 for the night.
Freshman Grace Miles (Parker, Colo.) led the Pack with a .333 hitting percentage. Miles also spiked down seven kills and secured eight digs. She also chipped in three blocks. Melissa Nichols (Jr., McKinney, Texas) led the Thunderolves with eight blocks.
The ThunderWolves came out zombie-slow as the Cowgirls sprinted out to a 10-3 lead. CSU-Pueblo would never get closer than six as Highlands celebrated a 25-16 win in set one.
CSU-Pueblo bounced back in set two, rallying from a 7-2 deficit to tie the match. The Pack and Cowgirls stayed close together until the final two points. A Broadwell kill and a block by Broadwell and Nichols gave the Pack a 26-24 win in set two.
In set three, both teams competed in an evenly matched dual. A four-point run put the Pack up 19-17, but Highlands rallied to tie the match at 21. This would begin a 4-0 run for the Cowgirls as they escaped set three like a corn maze 25-22.
A 9-2 run put the Cowgirls up 10-4. Another 10-4 run put Highlands up 20-8. They would take set four 25-15 and take the match 3-1.
The Pack will hit the road for a match with Westminster College Saturday Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. CSU-Pueblo will wrap up its season the following Friday Nov. 10 when they visit rival Adams State University.
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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.