CSU-Pueblo returns home to Massari Arena for a pair of RMAC contests

CSU-Pueblo returns home to Massari Arena for a pair of RMAC contests

PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (9-6, 3-3 RMAC) returns to the friendly confines of Massari Arena this weekend for a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. The ThunderWolves open the weekend versus No. 20 Colorado Mesa University, Friday at 7 p.m., before welcoming Fort Lewis College, Saturday for a 2 p.m. start.

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CSU-Pueblo News and Notes

  • The ThunderWolves enter the weekend with a 9-6 overall record and a 3-3 mark in RMAC matches. The Pack currently sit in seventh place in the league standings.

  • CSU-Pueblo is coming off a 2-1 weekend on the road. The Pack fell to Regis University, 3-0, before posting convincing wins against Black Hills State University and Chadron State College by identical 3-1 scores.

  • The ThunderWolves have faced a challenging schedule through their first six RMAC contests. The first six conference opponents CSU-Pueblo has faced so far this season boast a combined overall record of 49-35 and a RMAC mark of 25-11. The Pack's seven remaining opponents on their conference schedule hold a combined overall record of 42-55, including a 15-29 league mark.

  • Friday's matchup with Colorado Mesa will be CSU-Pueblo's fourth contest against a team currently ranked inside the American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 rankings. The ThunderWolves are 0-3, suffering losses to Nebraska Kearney (No. 5), Colorado Mines (No. 13) and MSU Denver (No. 22). 

  • The Pack have played well at home this season, posting a 5-3 record in Massari Arena. CSU-Pueblo has won 18 of 31 sets at home.

  • In their last six meetings with Colorado Mesa, the ThunderWolves are 3-3, including a 2-1 record in Pueblo during that span. Last season, the Pack split with the Mavericks, winning 3-2 at home, Sept. 21 and falling in Grand Junction, Colo., 3-1, Nov. 15.

  • CSU-Pueblo has won each of the last three home meetings with Fort Lewis, including a 3-2 victory in its RMAC opener last season.  

  • The ThunderWolves have been dominate at the net defensively this season. The Pack lead the RMAC and the nation in total team blocks with 141. Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas) and Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) headline the blocking unit, with Megan Schultz (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Tanja Ranilovic (R-So., Belgrade, Serbia) adding depth to the front line.

  • CSU-Pueblo ranks near the top of the RMAC in numerous categories. The Pack are first in blocks (141), second in kills (719), assists (675) and digs (976) and sixth in hitting percentage (.182).

  • Among NCAA leaders, CSU-Pueblo is first in blocks and eighth in assists, kills and digs.

  • Team statistical leaders:

    • Kills: 230 - Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela)

    • Assists: 301 – Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas)

    • Digs: 235 – Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas)

    • Blocks: 63 – Oni Lattin, Alex Winkler

  • ThunderWolves among RMAC statistical leaders:

    • Kills - Mariangel Perez (1st/230)

    • Assists - Alex Sansavera (8th/301)

    • Digs – Katie Burnett (3rd/235) Mariangel Perez (10th/191)

    • Blocks – Oni Lattin (1st/63) Alex Winkler (1st/63)

  • ThunderWolves among NCAA statistical leaders:

    • Kills – Mariangel Perez (3rd/230)

    • Blocks – Oni Lattin (6th/63) Alex Winkler (6th/63)

 

A look at Colorado Mesa

  • The No. 20 ranked Mavericks are currently in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with a 5-1 RMAC record and an 11-3 overall mark.

  • Last weekend, Colorado Mesa lost to MSU Denver, 3-2, before beating Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian University in straight sets.

  • Jordyn Moody is the reigning RMAC Setter of the Week, after posting an average of 12.75 assists per set this past weekend. The senior leads the team and ranks seventh in the nation in total assists with 589.

  •  Melissa Hess leads the team in kills with 162. Tiffany Petersen has a team-leading 226 digs, while Abby Ney paces the squad in blocks with 41.

A look at Fort Lewis

  • The Skyhawks posted a 0-3 record last weekend, falling to UCCS, MSU Denver and Colorado Mines. The trio of losses dropped their record to 4-10 overall and 1-5 in RMAC matches.

  • This season, Fort Lewis is 3-8 away from home.

  • The statistical leaders for the Skyhawks are: Ashley Wells (128 kills), Ciara Krening (240 assists), Ally Dell'Amico (256 digs) and Shelby Lehman (43 blocks).

Looking Ahead
The ThunderWolves will remain at home Tuesday for a conference tilt versus Western State Colorado University. Game time against the Mountaineers is set for 7 p.m. at Massari Arena and will be a "Pink Out" in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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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.