ThunderWolves sweep third straight opponent for first time since 1997.
DALLAS, Tex. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 10, 2011) - When CSU-Pueblo head coach Jen Gomez accepted the head volleyball position in January, she knew she had to battle a losing culture and help teach a team to win.
Saturday, the ThunderWolves not only proved they're learning to win, but win in absolutely decisive fashion, rolling to back to back sweeps of West Alabama and Dallas Baptist at the Dallas Baptist Lady Patriot Classic.
The ThunderWolves downed West Alabama 25-19, 28-26, 25-22 then gave the same treatment to tourney-host Dallas Baptist 25-18, 25-19, 26-24.
When coupled with the three-set win over Texas A&M Commerce Friday, the ThunderWolves turned in its third straight sweep, a feat it hadn't matched since the program's glory days in 1997, which was also the last season it qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
With the defeat of Dallas Baptist, CSU-Pueblo took down a preseason tournament host for the first time since 1998.
The ThunderWolves attack continued to be strong in both matches, reaching a mark of .323 against West Alabama and .279 against Dallas Baptist. It was the eighth time in as many matches this season that the ThunderWolves out-hit its opponent.
Leading the way in the kill category was Janae Heiser (Sr., Westminster, Colo.), who had a total of 23 kills in the two matches. Senior Alea Wildman (Sr., Denver, Colo.) came through with 20, including a .417 hitting effort against Dallas Baptist.
CSU-Pueblo will return home for its home and conference opener Thursday when it hosts Colorado Mines at Massari Arena.