ThunderWolves hit the road for three conference tilts

ThunderWolves hit the road for three conference tilts

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 24, 2014) ~ After playing its last eight matches at home, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (7-5, 1-2 RMAC) takes to the road this weekend for three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) contests. The three-match road swing begins Thursday at 7 p.m. with a stop in Denver, Colo. versus Regis University. The Pack will then travel to face Black Hills State University Friday at 7 p.m., before concluding the trip against Chadron State College Saturday at 6 p.m.

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CSU-Pueblo News and Notes

  • The ThunderWolves enter the week with a 7-5 overall record and a 1-2 mark in conference play.
  • Last week, the Pack defeated University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 3-2, for the first time since Nov. 2, 2005. CSU-Pueblo closed the week with back-to-back losses to Metro State University of Denver, 3-1, and No. 16 Colorado School of Mines, 3-1.
  • The ThunderWolves are 2-2 in matches played away from Massari Arena this season. The Pack struggled last season in RMAC road contests, posting a 1-7 record.
  • Regis has held the advantage in the most recent meetings with the Pack. The Rangers have won six matches in a row, including last year's contest, 3-1, in Denver. The last time the ThunderWolves defeated Regis was on Sept. 28, 2007.
  • In the most recent meeting between CSU-Pueblo and Black Hills State, the Pack won, 3-0, Oct. 25, 2013 in Pueblo. The last time the two teams squared off in Spearfish, S.D. the Yellow Jackets won in five sets Oct. 19, 2012.    
  • On Saturday against Chadron State, the Pack will look to extend their winning streak to five matches against the Eagles. CSU-Pueblo has won five out of the last six meetings, with its lone loss during that stretch coming Oct. 3, 2009.
  • As a team, the ThunderWolves rank near the top of the RMAC in numerous categories. The Pack are first in digs (777) and blocks (111), second in kills (589) and assists (554) and sixth in hitting percentage (.182).
  • Among NCAA leaders, CSU-Pueblo is second in blocks, ninth in assists, 10th in kills and 15th in digs.
  • Team statistical leaders:

  • ThunderWolves among RMAC statistical leaders:

    • Kills - Mariangel Perez (1st/189)

    • Assists - Alex Sansavera (7th/263)

    • Digs – Katie Burnett (3rd/191) Mariangel Perez (9th/155)

    • Blocks – Oni Lattin (1st/52) Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) (2nd/51)

  • ThunderWolves among NCAA statistical leaders:

    • Kills – Mariangel Perez (4th/189)

    • Blocks – Oni Lattin (5th/52) Alex Winkler (8th/51)

A look at Regis

  • The Rangers posted a 2-1 record in the opening weekend of RMAC play to improve their overall record to 7-4 on the season. Regis fell to Colorado Mesa University, before bouncing back to beat Fort Lewis College and Western New Mexico University.
  • In home matches, Regis is 2-2 on the year.
  • The Rangers have posted six consecutive winning seasons in RMAC matches, including a 13-6 record last year.
  • Senior Maya Kirkeby was named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week, Monday. Kirkeby leads the team in digs with 202.
  • Caitie Breaux paces the squad in kills with 148, while Rebecca Sponcil has a team-best 450 assists. Samantha Mangseth has a team-leading 33 blocks.

A look at Black Hills State

  • Black Hills State is 3-8 overall and 1-2 in the RMAC. The Yellow Jackets won the opening match of the RMAC season over Western State Colorado University, 3-2, before falling to Colorado Mesa and Fort Lewis last weekend.
  • The Yellow Jackets have yet to play a home match this season. Blacks Hills State will host New Mexico Highlands in its home opener on Thursday evening, before welcoming the Pack into the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, Friday.
  • Senior Holly Hamlin ranks second in the RMAC averaging 1.34 blocks per set and has totaled 43 overall, while senior Meghan Sipe has 101 kills on the year, an average of 2.73 per set.
  • Chloe Zimmer has a team-best 232 assists, while Lacy Stevens' 172 digs leads the squad.

A look at Chadron State

  • The Eagles enter their first weekend of home matches with a 2-9 season record and a 1-2 mark in league play.
  • During the opening weekend of RMAC play, Chadron State was swept by Adams State University and Colorado Mesa, while posting a sweep of its own against Western State.
  • The Eagles will host Western New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands on Thursday and Friday, respectively, before squaring off against the Pack, Saturday.
  • The statistical leaders for Chadron State are Lalelelei Nomura in kills (111), Mariah Conyers in assists (179), Alyssa Bauer in digs (126) and Alia Brennan in blocks (27).

Looking Ahead
The ThunderWolves return home next weekend, beginning with an Oct. 3 matchup against Colorado Mesa at 7 p.m. The Pack will then host Fort Lewis Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., before welcoming Western State to Massari Arena Oct. 7 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.