CSU-Pueblo’s four-match winning streak snapped by MSU Denver

CSU-Pueblo’s four-match winning streak snapped by MSU Denver

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 19, 2014) ~ The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (7-4, 1-1 RMAC) saw its four-match winning streak end on Friday evening, falling to Metro State University of Denver, 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-15), at Massari Arena.

With the setback, the ThunderWolves drop to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tilts. The Roadrunners up their season mark to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in RMAC play.

CSU-Pueblo kept up its strong play at the net defensively, out blocking MSU Denver, 8-3. The Roadrunners held the statistical edge in hitting percentage, .273 to .149, kills, 69-37, assists, 64-36, and digs, 69-51.

Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) posted her eighth double-double (16 kills, 12 digs) of the season to lead the ThunderWolves. Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) added her sixth double-double of the year, posting a team-high 17 assists and 11 digs. Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas) recorded a new career high in blocks with seven to lead both squads. Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) matched Perez for the team-high in digs with 12.

For MSU Denver, Lauren Quijano tallied a match-high 23 kills thanks in large part to the strong setting of Brandi Torr. The Roadrunners setter led both teams with 56 assists. Savannah Garcia notched a contest-best 19 digs.

In set one, MSU Denver broke open a 5-5 tie with a 13-5 scoring run to take an 18-10 advantage. CSU-Pueblo trimmed the lead to five at 21-16, but that's as close as it would get as the visitors claimed a 25-18 set one victory.

The ThunderWolves came back strong in the second game, racing out to a 17-10 advantage. The Roadrunners rallied to knot the set at 24-24. On the next possession, a handling error by Garcia put the home team ahead by one. Perez evened the match at one set apiece after smoking an across-court kill to give CSU-Pueblo a 26-24 win.

A tight set three saw the Roadrunners hold a slim one point edge, at 15-14, mid way through the stanza. MSU Denver closed the set on a 10-4 spurt to post a 25-19 victory and move ahead 2-1 in the match.

The fourth and final set was controlled by the Roadrunners. Leading 13-10, the visitors used a 10-3 run to seize control of the game en route to a 25-15 set victory and a 3-1 match win.

The Pack are back in action tomorrow night at home versus No. 16 Colorado School of Mines. The contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m.   

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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.