ThunderWolves bulldoze Hardrockers in 3-0 sweep

ThunderWolves bulldoze Hardrockers in 3-0 sweep

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 14, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball earned its first home win in dominating fashion by sweeping South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 3-0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-22) at Massari Arena.

The Pack outhit the Hardrockers .287 to .048.  The ThunderWolves had six total blocks compared to zero for South Dakota Mines.

Brooke Schilling (So., Platteville, Colo.) earned her fifth double-double of the season. Schilling knocked down 11 kills and 13 digs. She also served for 12 consecutive points in the second set. Schilling hit .259 for the match with two service aces.

Sarah Vang (Jr., Parker, Colo.) collected her second consecutive double-double with a match-high 12 kills and 10 digs. Vang hit .250 for the match. 

Grace Hern (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) posted 37 assists. Hern also notched seven digs.

Page Heller (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) accumulated a match-high 20 digs. ShiAnn Rodriguez (R-So., Pueblo, Colo.) finished with nine digs.

Sophomore, Grace Miles (So., Parker, Colo.) hit an incredible .533. Miles knocked down eight kills. She also had four digs and four blocks.

Fellow Sophomore Mallorie Post (So., Federal Way, Wash.) hit .421.  Post smacked down nine kills.

Berkley Hays (Fr., Dallas, Texas) had five blocks with one solo rejection and four block assists. Hays' five blocks were two more than her career-high.

The Pack used a four-point run to jump in front 9-6 in the first set. The Hardrockers reclaimed the lead and held a 16-15 advantage. CSU-Pueblo unleashed a 10-2 run to take the first set 25-18. The ThunderWolves hit .366 in the first set. Post and Vang both had five kills in the first set.

The Hardrockers held a 4-3 lead in set two until the Pack responded with a 4-0 run. After the Hardrockers got one point to make it 7-5, the ThunderWolves fired back with a 13-0 run that made it 20-5. Schilling served for 12 consecutive points. The Pack rolled to a 25-9 set win, holding the Hardrockers to a -.116 hitting percentage. Holding the Hardrockers to just nine points was the Pack's lowest total since they held Westminster College to six points in 2015.

Set three stayed close throughout. The Pack used a three-point run to take a 16-14 lead. The Hardrockers would never lead again the Pack clinched the victory with a 25-22 victory in set three.

The Pack improved to 4-9 overall with a 2-2 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Hardrockers fell to 3-8 (1-2 RMAC).

The ThunderWolves will conclude their three-match homestand Saturday when they face Black Hills State University at 7 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.