PUEBLO, Colo. (October 22, 2014) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (12-10, 6-6 RMAC) continues its seven-match road swing this weekend with a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. The ThunderWolves travel to face No. 14 Colorado Mesa University Friday, before challenging Fort Lewis College Saturday. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
CSU-Pueblo News and Notes
- The ThunderWolves enter another critical weekend of RMAC matches, holding a 12-10 overall record and an even 6-6 mark in league play.
- The Pack split a pair of road contests last weekend, ousting Western New Mexico University, 3-1, before dropping a tough five-set match at New Mexico Highlands University, 3-2.
- CSU-Pueblo is currently in a four-way tie for fifth place in the RMAC standings. The Pack's 6-6 conference mark knots them with Colorado Christian University, Adams State University and Black Hills State University. The ThunderWolves have one match left against Adams State, Oct. 31.
- Earlier this week, CSU-Pueblo placed six players on the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll. Bruere, Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas), Taylor Fox (Sr., Santa Cruz, Calif.), Mikala Morris (R-Fr., Tempe, Ariz.), Tanja Ranilovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia) and Megan Schultz (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) each garnered inclusion on the honor roll.
- Earlier this season, the Pack fell to Colorado Mesa at home, 3-1, Oct. 3, before downing Fort Lewis, 3-1, the following day.
- CSU-Pueblo has had its most success this season when its matches go four sets. The ThunderWolves are 9-4 in four-set contests, while holding a 2-2 mark in three-set tilts and a 1-4 record when a match goes the full five sets.
- Friday's match will be the fifth contest for the Pack this season against an opponent currently ranked inside the AVCA top-25 rankings. CSU-Pueblo is 0-4 with losses coming against University of Nebraska Kearney (No. 6), Colorado School of Mines (No. 9), Metro State University of Denver (No. 21) and Colorado Mesa (No. 14).
- The ThunderWolves are 5-6 in contests played away from Massari Arena this season.
- As a team, the Pack have recorded 41 double-doubles this season. Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) leads the way with 15, while Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) has 11 and Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas) and Morgan Wilkening (Jr., Fleming, Colo.) have nine and six, respectively.
- The ThunderWolves rank in the top five in the RMAC in numerous team statistical categories, including blocks (1st/212), digs (2nd/1446), kills (3rd/1092) and assists (3rd/1019). In NCAA rankings, CSU-Pueblo is 5th in blocks, 21st in kills and 22nd in assists.
- ThunderWolves statistical leaders:
Kills: 308 - Mariangel Perez
Assists: 453 – Alex Sansavera
Digs: 317 – Katie Burnett
Blocks: 88 – Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas)
- ThunderWolves among RMAC statistical leaders:
Kills: Mariangel Perez (2nd/308)
Assists: Alex Sansavera (8th/453), Jordan Bruere (9th/397)
Digs: Katie Burnett (6th/354)
Blocks: Oni Lattin (1st/102), Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) (3rd/92)
- ThunderWolves among NCAA statistical leaders:
Kills: Mariangel Perez (20th/308)
Blocks: Oni Lattin (5th/102), Alex Winkler (15th/92)
A look at Colorado Mesa
- The Mavericks enter the weekend riding an eight-match winning streak. Colorado Mesa owns an overall record of 17-3 and an 11-1 mark in RMAC play.
- Colorado Mesa posted a pair of sweeps last week, ousting Fort Lewis and Adams State.
- Colorado Mesa is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the league standings with MSU Denver and Colorado Mines.
- In the latest AVCA top-25 poll, the Mavericks climbed from No. 16 to No. 14.
- Colorado Mesa is a perfect 7-0 at home this season.
- The statistical leaders for the Mavericks are: Melissa Hess (221 kills), Jordyn Moody (808 assists), Tiffany Petersen (327 digs) and Abby Ney (66 blocks).
A look at Fort Lewis
- The Skyhawks fell to Colorado Mesa and Adams State last weekend, dropping their record to 5-15 overall and 2-10 in RMAC action.
- Fort Lewis is in 12th place in the league standings.
- In home contests, the Skyhawks are 1-5 on the season with their lone win coming against Black Hills State University Sept. 20.
- Fort Lewis is winless in its last five contests.
- The statistical leaders for the Skyhawks are: Ashley Wells (228 kills), Ciara Krening (327 assists), Ally Dell'Amico (377 digs) and Madi Bickle (68 blocks).
The Pack head to Gunnison, Colo. for their final road contest of the season, Tuesday. CSU-Pueblo will take on Western State Colorado 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.