PUEBLO, Colo. (September 13, 2014) ~ The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (5-3) picked up where it left off on Friday evening in the Steel & Silver Classic, sweeping the Lindenwood Lions, 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22), on Saturday morning at Massari Arena.
The ThunderWolves' second consecutive sweep of the tournament ups their record to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Steel & Silver Classic. With the loss, the Lions fall to 2-5 on the year.
The Pack posted a .220 hitting percentage for the match compared to just .139 for Lindenwood. CSU-Pueblo held the advantage in kills, 46-36, and assists, 44-33. The Lions recorded three more digs, 48-45, than the ThunderWolves, while picking up 10 team blocks to the home team's six.
For the seventh consecutive match, CSU-Pueblo's Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) paced the offense in kills with 15. Redshirt junior Alex Sansavera (San Antonio, Texas) was the team's leader in assists with 25, while Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) posted double digits in digs with 13. Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas) recorded a team-high three blocks.
For Lindenwood, Shannon Doyle paced the team in kills with 12. Ivy Reynolds tallied a contest-best 32 assists. Defensively, Anna Reichert notched a game-high 16 digs, while Kayla Guyot blocked six ThunderWolves' attack attempts to lead both teams.
The first set of the match saw neither team hold more than a three point advantage. The frame featured 18 ties and 19 lead changes. With the Lions leading by one, 23-22, after a service ace by Doyle, the Pack quickly tied the set on a Perez kill off of a Sansavera assist. Brooklin Lebon (Fr., Frederick, Colo.) served for the final two points of the contest, as a block from Perez and an attacking error by Lindenwood gave the Pack the set one victory, 25-23.
In set two, the Lions maintained the lead for the majority of the match, including their largest advantage, at 17-14. From that point on it was all CSU-Pueblo, as the home team notched 11 of the next 15 points to win the set, 25-21, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The ThunderWolves led from start to finish in the clinching set, racing out to an 8-1 advantage early in the frame. Lindenwood fought back to pull within one on five different occasions, including late in the set, at 23-22. CSU-Pueblo did not relinquish the lead however, as Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) tallied a service ace on the final point to finish off the set, 25-22, and the 3-0 sweep.
The Pack will play their final match in the Steel & Silver Classic this evening, beginning at 7 p.m. versus the Pittsburg State University Gorillas.
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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.