ThunderWolves slip in season opening doubleheader

ThunderWolves slip in season opening doubleheader

TOPEKA, Kan. (August 24, 2018) The 2018 season started slowly for Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball as the ThunderWolves fell  to Northwest Missouri State University and Washburn University in a season-opening doubleheader at the Washburn Invitational.

The Pack met the Bobcats in their first match of 2018. However, the ThunderWolves ended up on the short end of 3-0 final (11-25, 16-25, 12-25). Six hours later CSU-Pueblo challenged the host Ichabods. In the end Washburn wound up winning a 3-0 match (13-25, 21-25, 12-25).

Sarah Vang (Jr., Parker, Colo.) led the Pack in kills in both matches. Vang knocked down six kills in the morning match against Northwest Missouri State. She followed it up with 17 kills in the night session against the Ichabods.

Vang's 17 kills against Washburn are the most by a Pack student-athlete in a three-set match since Nov. 6, 2015 (18,Mariangel Perez).  She hit .286 against the Ichabods.

Kelsey Bell (Jr., Los Lunas, N.M.) dished out 41 assists between the two matches. Bell set a career-high with 29 assists in the loss to Washburn. She also had six digs in each match.

Making her first career start at Libero, Page Heller (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.)averaged 4.7 digs/set over the two matches. Heller achieved a career-high 16 digs in the night game.

Brooke Schilling (So., Platteville, Colo.) collected seven digs in each match. She had seven kills against Washburn.

Mallorie Post (So., Federal Way, Wash.) knocked down five kills in the morning match. Her five kills ranked as the second-highest total in the match. She had nine kills, a block, and an ace on the day.

Freshman, Madelaine Haynie (Richland, Wash.)  had a block and four kills in her Pack debut. She hit a team-high .231 for the match. Haynie also came up with a block against the Ichabods.

The Pack will look for their first win Saturday when they compete in another doubleheader.  The ThunderWolves will face Southeastern Oklahoma State University at 10 a.m. (MTN). CSU-Pueblo will wrap up play at Lee Arena when they play Henderson State University at 2 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