ThunderWolves fall to No. 16 Colorado Mines in four sets

ThunderWolves fall to No. 16 Colorado Mines in four sets

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 20, 2014) ~ For the second time this season, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (7-5, 1-2 RMAC) squared off against a nationally ranked opponent inside Massari Arena. The ThunderWolves challenged No. 16 Colorado School of Mines on Saturday evening, falling to the Orediggers, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15).

The loss drops the Pack to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. Mines' seventh win in a row improves its record to 10-1 (3-0 RMAC) on the season.

For the third consecutive match, CSU-Pueblo out blocked its opponent, holding the edge over the visitors, 13-11. The Orediggers held the statistical advantage in hitting percentage, .213 to .110, kills, 60-43, assists, 55-40, and digs, 70-61.

The ThunderWolves' Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) led all players with 15 kills, while adding 11 digs to record her fourth double-double in a row and ninth overall for the season. Morgan Wilkening (Jr., Fleming, Colo.) also added a double-double, notching 13 kills and tying Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) for the team lead in digs with 13. Sophomore Alex Winkler (Colorado Springs, Colo.) matched a career high with a contest-best eight blocks.

Alanna Winfield led Colorado Mines with 14 kills, while Taryn Huber posted a match-high 19 digs. Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood posted a double-double for the Orediggers, tallying a contest-leading 43 assists and 15 digs. Winfield, Mattie Behr and Ellie Monarch each had four blocks to pace the visitors.

In the opening set, through the first 22 points the score was tied at 11. The ThunderWolves used a 6-2 burst to go in front 17-13, but the Orediggers closed the stanza on 12-3 run to win set one, 25-20.

Just like it did last night against MSU Denver, CSU-Pueblo came away with a set two victory. The Pack once again held a 17-13 lead in the stanza, but unlike set one they did not let the lead slip away. Perez sent home the final point off of a Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) assist to give the home team a 25-21 set two win.

Mines jumped out to an 11-5 lead in set three. The ThunderWolves battled back to even the score at 16 apiece. The two-time defending RMAC champion Orediggers answered the Pack's 11-5 run with a 9-2 spurt to win the set, 25-18, and move ahead in the match, 2-1.

In the clinching fourth set, Mines led from start to finish en route to a 25-15 victory.

CSU-Pueblo is back in action on Thursday evening for the first of three consecutive road conference contests. The Pack will take on Regis University 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.