DURANGO, Colo. (Whalen Gymnasium) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team put a halt to its two-match losing streak in resounding fashion Saturday, blanking the Fort Lewis Skyhawks, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22).
With the victory, the ThunderWolves improve to 13-11 on the season and 7-7 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. It was CSU-Pueblo's third sweep of the season and first since notching back-to-back sweeps against University of Alaska Fairbanks and Lindenwood University on Sept. 12 and 13, respectively. The Skyhawks drop to 6-16 overall and 3-11 in league contests.
The Pack controlled the match in every major statistical category. CSU-Pueblo held the edge in hitting percentage (.168 to .093), kills (38-37), assists (37-32), digs (68-60) and blocks (11-5).
For the ThunderWolves, Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas) helped lead the team's defensive efforts, tallying a career-high 30 digs from the libero position. At the net, Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas) was a force to be reckoned with, matching her career-high with nine blocks. Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) recorded her team-leading 16th double-double of the season, posting 12 kills and 12 digs, while Morgan Wilkening (Jr., Fleming, Colo.) notched her seventh double-double of the year with a match-high 13 kills and 11 digs. Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas) and Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) tied for the team lead in assists with 16 apiece.
Ashley Wells paced Fort Lewis in kills with 12, while Ally Dell'Amico finished with a team-high 25 digs. Heather Danny tallied a match-high 17 assists, while Shelby Lehman recorded a team-best four blocks.
In the opening set, Fort Lewis kept it close, but the ThunderWolves never trailed in the game. Holding a slim 17-16 advantage, the Pack used an 8-4 run to close the set and earn a 25-20 victory.
CSU-Pueblo finished the second game much like it did the first. Midway through the stanza the score was even at 14. The Pack rolled past the Skyhawks the remainder of the game, finishing the set on an 11-4 scoring burst to win 25-18 and move ahead 2-0 in the match.
In the clinching set, Fort Lewis jumped out to a 12-9 advantage. The Pack rallied, reeling off a 9-4 spurt to pull in front 18-16. CSU-Pueblo held off a comeback attempt by the home team to finish off the sweep, winning the third set, 25-22.
Up next, 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.