GUNNISON, Colo. (Paul Wright Gym) – After dropping the first set, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team responded with dominating wins in the next three games en route to a 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21) victory on the road Tuesday against Western State Colorado University.
The ThunderWolves post their second win in a row, improving to 14-11 overall and 8-7 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches. The eight league wins are the most for the Pack since the 2011 season when they won 10 contests. The victory also moves CSU-Pueblo one step closer to clinching a spot in the RMAC's postseason tournament. Western State remains winless on the season, falling to 0-19 overall and 0-15 in conference tilts.
CSU-Pueblo finished the contest with a decided advantage in hitting percentage, .233 to .154. Both squads recorded 48 assists, while the Mountaineers held the edge in kills, 52-48, digs, 65-64, and blocks, 10-8.
Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) recorded her team-leading 17th double-double of the season for the ThunderWolves, notching 11 kills, while matching her career-high in digs with 19. Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted a contest-best four blocks. Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas) and Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) tied for the team lead in assists with 20 apiece.
Western's Hailey Rehage paced both teams with 12 kills, while tying Winkler and teammate Crystal Powell with a match-high four blocks. Allison Walker registered a contest-best 44 assists, while Amanda Maestas finished with a team-leading 18 digs.
In the opening set, the ThunderWolves raced out to a 10-6 advantage. The Mountaineers surged in front of the Pack with a 12-1 scoring run. CSU-Pueblo rallied, pulling within two at 21-19, but the home team held on to win the first set, 25-19.
The second set started out much like the first, with the ThunderWolves jumping out to a 9-5 lead. This time, the Pack did not relinquish the lead, rolling to a 25-19 victory to even the match at one set apiece.
CSU-Pueblo rolled the momentum from its set two victory into a dominating set three win. The Pack exploded from the outset of the game, scoring 11 out of the first 12 points. The ThunderWolves never looked back, posting a 25-17 win and pulling ahead 2-1 in the match.
The Pack put the finishing touches on their 14th win of the season, posting a 25-21 victory in the fourth set. CSU-Pueblo led by as many as nine points, at 14-5, and held off a late Mountaineers' rally to earn the 3-1 victory.
For the first time since Oct. 7, the ThunderWolves will play a home contest, hosting Adams State Friday in a Halloween night showdown. The match versus the Grizzlies is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Massari Arena. Fans of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes for the contest, with prizes to be awarded to the best individual and group costumes. A trick-or-treat station will be set up for children.
(Photo courtesy of Carley Clegg - Western Sports Info.)
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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.