GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (Brownson Arena) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team fell on the road Friday, dropping a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 29-27) contest at No. 14 Colorado Mesa University.
The Pack drop their second match in a row and get swept for just the third time this season. The loss lowers the ThunderWolves record to 12-11 overall and 6-7 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. The Mavericks improve to 19-3 on the season and 12-1 in league contests.
Colorado Mesa controlled the contest in nearly every statistical category, including hitting percentage (.266 to .173), kills (56-40), assists (54-39), digs (61-56) and blocks (10-8).
Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) notched a match-high 16 digs for CSU-Pueblo. Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) and Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas) paced the ThunderWolves in kills with 10 apiece. Lattin also topped the squad in blocks with four. Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas) tallied a team-best 22 assists.
The Mavericks' Abby Ney and Jordyn Moody both recorded match highs with 18 kills and 49 assists, respectively. Melissa Hess led both teams with six blocks, while Tiffany Petersen finished the contest with a team-leading 15 digs.
In the opening set, the Pack fell behind early, but managed to pull within three, at 13-10, midway through the stanza. The home squad responded with a 7-0 run to break open the game en route to a 25-16 victory.
Trailing 1-0, CSU-Pueblo played a strong second set. Late in the frame the score was knotted for the 11th time at 19 apiece. Colorado Mesa used a 6-2 run to close the set and earn a 25-21 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third game was equally as tight as the second. With the score tied at 18, the Mavericks went on a 5-2 scoring run to put the Pack on the brink of being swept. The ThunderWolves did not go quietly, promptly rallying to even the score at 23. CSU-Pueblo fended off a trio of match points and managed to set up game point, at 27-26. The Pack couldn't close the frame as Colorado Mesa tallied the final three points of the set to win 29-27, finishing off the sweep.
CSU-Pueblo remains on the road for its next contest, traveling to Fort Lewis College Saturday. The Pack and the Skyhawks will square off 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.