Cougars close out ThunderWolves in three sets

Cougars close out ThunderWolves in three sets

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (September 21, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball could not overcome Colorado Christian University Friday night as the Cougars defended their home court with a three-set sweep (20-25, 22-25, 26-28) of the Pack at the CCU Events Center. 

Brooke Schilling (So., Platteville, Colo.) led the Pack with 12 kills. Schilling also collected 12 digs to earn her fourth consecutive double-double. She now has a team-high seven double-doubles this season. Schilling hit .200 and served up an ace.

After setting the school's single-match dig record last week, Page Heller (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) accumulated 17 digs.  ShiAnn Rodriguez (R-So., Pueblo, Colo.) and Sarah Vang (Jr., Parker, Colo.) each had nine digs.

Grace Hern (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) dished out 17 assists and had five digs. Kelsey Bell (Jr., Los Lunas, N.M.) had nine assists in the third set, coming off the bench.

Mallorie Post (So., Federal Way, Wash.) and Berkley Hays (Fr., Dallas, Texas) each knocked down seven kills. Post hit .375 for the match. Hays and Grace Miles (So., Parker, Colo.) each had a team-high two blocks.

Sam Novak (Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) served up a career-high three aces. Bayley Ricottone (So., Pueblo, Colo.) matched her season-high with two aces. 

The first set was a see-saw battle. The ThunderWolves trailed 20-17 late in the set. The Pack went on a 3-0 run to tie the set. However, CCU ended the set with a 5-0 run to put away the first set. 

Game two remained close. The Pack used a 5-0 run to take an 11-8 lead. Colorado Christian went on a four-point run to reclaim the advantage. The Cougars would eventually pull away to win the set 25-22.

In the third set, the Pack held a four-point lead thanks to a five-point swing that made it 10-6. The Cougars reclaimed the advantage. CSU-Pueblo faced match-point, trailing 24-21. The Pack rallied thanks to two aces from Novak that tied the match at 24.  The ThunderWolves fought off two more match points, but could not take the lead as the Cougars eventually put them away 28-26 to earn the sweep. 

With a 4-11 record overall and a 2-4 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play, the Pack will continue their road trip Saturday when they face No. 23 Regis University. First serve is slated for 5 p.m. in Denver.

 

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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