WICHITA FALLS, Texas (Sept. 6, 2014) - After two tough losses yesterday to open the 2014 season, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team bounced back with a 3-1 win on Saturday morning against Arkansas Tech University. Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela), Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Morgan Wilkening (Jr., Fleming, Colo.) each posted double-doubles to lead the ThunderWolves to their first win of the young season.
The Pack improve their record to 1-2 on the year, while the Golden Sun drop to 1-2. CSU-Pueblo wraps up play at the Midwestern State-Hampton Inn-vitational this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma State.
CSU-Pueblo earned the win despite being outhit, .166 to .153. The ThunderWolves held the edge in digs, 68-66, but Arkansas Tech registered more assists, 52-45, and blocks, 8-7.
Perez (13 kills, 11 digs) and Bruere (12 assists, 10 digs) both notched their third consecutive double- doubles, while Wilkening (11 kills, 12 digs) notched her first of the year. Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas) paced the ThunderWolves in assists with 28, while Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) posted a team-high 20 digs.
Kaylee Konsella recorded a contest-best 14 kills. Madison Nagel and Sierra Nighswonger finished with match highs in digs (21) and assists (36), respectively.
Arkansas Tech never trailed in set one, but the Pack kept the Golden Sun within reach throughout the frame, pulling into a 24-24 tie late in the set. Arkansas Tech pulled out the first-set victory by notching the final two points, opening up a 1-0 advantage.
Set two featured big scoring runs by each team. The ThunderWolves recorded the first big spurt, running off a 12-2 stretch to turn a 9-8 deficit into a 20-11 lead. Arkansas Tech answered with a 12-3 outburst of its own to knot the set at 23 apiece. CSU-Pueblo's Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas) and Perez delivered a kill each off of Sansavera assists to close out the set for the Pack, 25-23.
In set three, the ThunderWolves held a 19-14 lead late in the frame, but the Golden Sun rallied with a 10-4 scoring run to earn set point at 24-23. CSU-Pueblo's offense took over from there, notching kills on the final three possessions from Megan Schultz (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Lattin and Perez, respectively, to notch a 26-24 win and take a two sets to one advantage.
In the clinching set, the Pack held a slight one-point edge, 9-8, early in the game. A 9-3 run by CSU-Pueblo extended its lead to 18-11. Arkansas Tech attempted to make a late run, but Wilkening and Lattin delivered the final two points via kills to give the ThunderWolves their first victory of the 2014 campaign.