No. 5 seed ThunderWolves face No. 4 seed Regis in RMAC Tournament Quarterfinals

No. 5 seed ThunderWolves face No. 4 seed Regis in RMAC Tournament Quarterfinals

2014 RMAC Volleyball Tournament Central

PUEBLO, Colo. (Nov. 10, 2014) – Making its first appearance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament since the 2011 season, the No. 5 seed Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team (17-11, 11-7 RMAC) travels to play No. 4 seed Regis University, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Regis Fieldhouse.

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Last time out
The ThunderWolves posted a pair of wins this past weekend at home, defeating New Mexico Highlands University, 3-1, and Western New Mexico University, 3-0. Prior to the contest against the Mustangs, CSU-Pueblo head coach Jen Gomez and the rest of the program honored the Pack's lone senior Taylor Fox (Sr., Santa Cruz, Calif.) as part of Senior Night activities.

Riding momentum into the tournament
CSU-Pueblo enters the RMAC tournament winners of five consecutive matches. The ThunderWolves five-match winning streak is their longest stretch of victories since the 2012 squad opened the year with six consecutive wins. Overall, the Pack finished the regular season with a 17-11 record and an 11-7 league record. The 17 victories are the most for the Pack since the 1997 season, while the 11 league wins is their top mark dating back to 2004.

ThunderWolves' RMAC Tournament history
The Pack will be making their eighth appearance in the RMAC Tournament in program history. CSU-Pueblo's last berth in the tournament came in 2011, when the Pack earned the No. 7 seed and fell in three sets to Adams State University. The Thunderwolves lone tournament title came in 1996.

CSU-Pueblo vs. Regis
The Rangers have held the ThunderWolves number in the all-time series meetings, winning 40 of 48 matches. The two squads have met just once in the RMAC tournament with the Rangers defeating the Pack, 3-0, in the title contest in 1997. Earlier this season, CSU-Pueblo fell at Regis, 3-0, Sept. 25.

On the road
The ThunderWolves are 7-7 this season in contests played away from Massari Arena. The Pack finished the regular season with a 5-4 mark in conference road tilts. In its last two road matches, CSU-Pueblo defeated Fort Lewis College and Western Colorado State University, Oct. 25 and 28, respectively.

Starting fast
Winning the first set has been key for CSU-Pueblo this season. The Pack are 11-3 this season when they win the first set and 6-8 when dropping the first game.  

Three, four or five
This season, the ThunderWolves are 4-3 when a match goes three sets, 11-4 in four-set contests and 2-4 when a match goes a full five sets.

Raising the bar
The ThunderWolves have seven returning players from 2013 who have set new career highs this season: Jordan Bruere (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.), 510 assists and 265 digs, Katie Burnett (So., Austin, Texas), 471 digs and 91 assists, Tanja Ranilovic (R-So., Belgrade, Serbia), 108 kills and 60 blocks, Alex Sansavera (R-Jr., San Antonio, Texas), 596 assists and 234 digs, Megan Schultz (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Morgan Wilkening (Jr., Fleming, Colo.), 305 kills and 326 digs, and Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), 115 blocks and 156 kills. 

Team statistical rankings
RMAC: Hitting percentage, 6th/.194, assists, 3rd/1313, kills, 2nd/1396, blocks, 2nd/378, digs, 2nd/1856.

Individual statistical rankings
Team: Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela), 370 kills, Alex Sansavera, 596 assists, Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas), 129 blocks, Katie Burnett, 471 digs.

A look at Regis
The Rangers finished the regular season with an 18-8 overall record, including a 13-4 mark in league play. Regis won its last four matches, including victories against RMAC Tournament participants University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Colorado Christian University. In home tilts, the Rangers posted a 9-4 overall record and a 7-2 tally in RMAC action. Regis has won four RMAC Tournament titles all-time, with its most recent championship coming in 2012. The statistical leaders for the Rangers are: Caitie Breaux, 361 kills, Rebecca Sponcil, 1033 assists, Maya Kirkeby, 477 digs, and Gina Morgan, 73 blocks.

Looking ahead
If the Pack are able to advance past Regis, they will face the winner of No. 1 seed Colorado Mesa University and No. 8 seed UCCS Friday at a time and place to be determined.

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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.