CSU-Pueblo opens RMAC play this week with three home matches

Photo courtesy of Bill Sabo and CSU-Pueblo Athletic Media Relations

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 17, 2014) ~ With its nonconference schedule complete, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (6-3) turns its attention to an always challenging Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) slate, beginning on Thursday versus University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The match between the ThunderWolves and the Mountain Lions is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena. The Pack will continue their eight-game homestand on Friday at 7 p.m. against Metro State University of Denver and on Saturday at 7 p.m. versus Colorado School of Mines. 

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CSU-Pueblo News and Notes
  • The ThunderWolves finished the nonconference schedule with their best record, 6-3, since the 2012 season in which the Pack posted an 8-1 nonconference mark.
  • CSU-Pueblo is coming off a 3-1 performance in the Steel & Silver Classic this past weekend at Massari Arena. The ThunderWolves fell in their opening match to No. 6 University of Nebraska Kearney in four sets (15-25, 31-29, 27-29, 13-25), before winning their next three contests against University of Alaska Fairbanks, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-20), Lindenwood University, 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22), and Pittsburg State University, 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-22).
  • Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) was named to the Steel & Silver Classic All-Tournament team, marking the second consecutive week she has earned all-tournament team honors.  
  • The Pack have won two out of their last three RMAC openers, including a 3-2 victory last season versus Fort Lewis College.
  • Last season, CSU-Pueblo finished in a tie for ninth with UCCS in the conference standings with a 7-12 record.
  • In the 2014 RMAC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Pack were voted to finish ninth in the league standings.
  • Dating back to the 2013 campaign, the ThunderWolves are 7-2 in their last seven home matches.   
  • The Pack lead the RMAC in several statistical categories, including kills (453), assists (425), digs (595), blocks (77) and attacks (1362).
  • Among NCAA team leaders, CSU-Pueblo ranks sixth in attacks, eighth in assists, ninth in kills and blocks and 11th in digs.
  • Team statistical leaders:
    • Kills: 139 - Mariangel Perez 
    • Assists: 204 – Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas)
    • Digs: 147 – Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas)
    • Blocks: 38 – Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas)
  • ThunderWolves among RMAC statistical leaders:
    • Kills - Mariangel Perez (1st/139)
    • Assists - Alex Sansavera (8th/204)
    • Service aces - Mariangel Perez (7th/11)
    • Digs – Katie Burnett (2nd/147) Mariangel Perez (10th/114)
    • Blocks – Oni Lattin (1st/38) Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) (2nd/34)
  • ThunderWolves among NCAA statistical leaders:
    • Kills – Mariangel Perez (7th/139)
    • Blocks – Oni Lattin (11th/38) Alex Winkler (25th/34)
A look at UCCS
  • The Mountain Lions posted a 3-1 record in the Steel & Silver Classic, improving their season record to 3-5.
  • UCCS is 0-4 away from Colorado Springs this year.  
  • UCCS was picked to finish 10th in the 2014 RMAC Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • The Mountain Lions are led in kills (122) and digs (109) by Kim Catlett. Celeste Henderson has a team-best 316 assists, while Cassidy Bush paces the squad in blocks with 18.
A look at MSU Denver
  • The Roadrunners have a 6-2 overall record this year, including a perfect 4-0 mark in road and neutral site contests.
  • MSU Denver completed the Colorado Premier Challenge last weekend with a 2-2 record. The Roadrunners were swept by No. 10 Southwest Minnesota State and No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, while defeating Florida Southern, 3-2, and No. 5 Central Missouri, 3-0.
  • MSU Denver is first in the "others receiving votes" category in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll with 102 votes.
  • Lauren Quijano leads the team in kills (118) and blocks (26). Brandi Torr has a team-best 354 assists, while Savannah Garcia tops the squad in digs with 125.
A look at Colorado Mines
  • No. 16 ranked Colorado Mines is riding a four-match winning streak after posting an undefeated performance at the Texas A&M Commerce Tournament this past weekend.
  • The Orediggers are 7-1 overall on the season, including an unblemished 4-0 record away from home. 
  • Mines has advanced to the NCAA tournament five consecutive seasons and was voted first in the 2014 RMAC Preseason Coaches Poll.  
  • Alanna Winfield has a team-high 116 kills and 20 blocks. Reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week, Taryn Hunter paces the squad in digs with 135. Setter Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood has been named the RMAC Setter of the Week in each of the first two weeks of the season. Johnson-Hazlewood has a team-leading 362 assists.

Looking Ahead
The ThunderWolves take to the road for their first RMAC trip of the season, beginning on Sept. 25 at Regis University. CSU-Pueblo will then play at Black Hills State University and Chadron State College on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, respectively.

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