CSU-Pueblo heads to the Land of Enchantment for weekend matches

CSU-Pueblo heads to the Land of Enchantment for weekend matches

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 17, 2014) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (11-9, 5-5 RMAC) makes the long trip to New Mexico this weekend for a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. The ThunderWolves open against Western New Mexico University Friday at 7 p.m., before facing New Mexico Highlands University Saturday at 7 p.m.

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CSU-Pueblo News and Notes
- The Pack hold an 11-9 overall record and an even 5-5 mark in RMAC contests.
- The ThunderWolves are looking to right the ship after dropping their last two matches. In its most recent contest, CSU-Pueblo jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage at Colorado Christian University, but the Cougars rallied to win the match in five sets.
- The loss versus Colorado Christian dropped the Pack to 1-3 in five-set contests this season. The ThunderWolves are 2-2 in three-set matches and 8-4 when a tilt has gone four sets.
- CSU-Pueblo currently sits in a four-way tie for fifth in the league standings. The ThunderWolves are knotted with Colorado Christian, University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Adams State University. CSU-Pueblo has one match left versus Adams State in Pueblo, Colo. Oct. 31.
- Including this weekend's matches, the Pack have eight contests remaining in the regular season. CSU-Pueblo's last eight matches are against teams with a combined 45-62 overall record and a 23-39 RMAC mark.
- Western New Mexico has had the ThunderWolves' number over the last several years, holding an 8-2 record over the last 10 meetings. The Pack's last win versus the Mustangs came at home Sept. 24, 2011.
- Against Highlands, the story has been much different. CSU-Pueblo is 9-1 over the last five years versus the Cowgirls. Highland's lone win during that span came last season in Las Vegas, N.M.
- The Pack are 4-5 away from home this season, including a 2-3 mark in road league contests.
- Libero Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) needs just 14 more digs to tie her single-season career record of 331.
- ThunderWolves statistical leaders:
  Kills: 278 - Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela)
  Assists: 396 – Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas)
  Digs: 317 – Katie Burnett
  Blocks: 88 – Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas)

A look at Western New Mexico
- The Mustangs enter the weekend with a 6-11 overall record and a 3-7 RMAC mark.
- Western New Mexico is currently tied for 10th in the league standings with Highlands.
- Last weekend, Western New Mexico fell in a tight, five-set match to No. 17 Colorado Mesa University, before bouncing back to defeat Fort Lewis College, 3-1.
- Leeta Grap leads the Mustangs with 150 kills. Three players have all seen time this season as the main setters for Western New Mexico with Kylie Fraga leading with 258 assists. Barbara Soranzo paces the squad with 186 digs, while Heather Verrill has a team-best 73 blocks.

A look at Highlands
- The Cowgirls are 8-12 overall this season with a 3-7 record in league matches.
- Highlands is currently tied for 10th in the league standings with Western New Mexico.
- The Cowgirls went 2-1 last week with road wins over Eastern New Mexico and Fort Lewis and a loss to Colorado Mesa.
- The statistical leaders for Highlands are: Alicia Moreno (188 kills), Shayli Schulz (285 assists), Jessica Piper (271 digs) and Tianna Matthews (51 blocks).

Looking Ahead
The ThunderWolves remain on the road next weekend for a pair of conference tilts. CSU-Pueblo challenges No. 16 Colorado Mesa Oct. 24, before facing Fort Lewis the following night, Oct. 25.

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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.