ThunderWolves battle to five sets, but fall 15-12 in fifth set to No. 9 Washburn; Game 2 of the day at 7 p.m.

ThunderWolves battle to five sets, but fall 15-12 in fifth set to No. 9 Washburn; Game 2 of the day at 7 p.m.



PUEBLO, Colo. (September 12, 2015) – On final day of the Steel & Silver Classic, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team lost both matches of a Saturday double dip. In the first matchup the ThunderWolves took on No. 9 Washburn University and then capped the tournament off against Tarlenton University.

Oni Lattin (Sr., MB/RS, Houston, Texas) led all players in the Steel & Silver Classic with 28 blocks (seven more than second place), which included a tournament-best nine solo blocks (five more than second place). In the four matches (16 games) the ThunderWolves played, she averaged 1.75 blocks per game. Her efforts earned her all-tournament team honors. Lattin added 43 kills and hit .260 for the tournament, which was the eighth best percentage. She scored 61.5 points on the weekend and totaled five digs.

With the losses, the Pack drop to 2-6 and finish the tournament 1-3, with the only win coming against St. Edwards University in five sets.

Versus Washburn

Going up against the ninth-ranked team in the nation, the ThunderWolves pushed Washburn to the edge taking them to five sets (25-22, 16-25, 25-21, 14-25, 12-15.)

In the third set the Pack rallied down 16-12 and outscored the Ichabod's 13-5 to clinch the third stanza. To finish out the fifth set, the squad rallied again, this time down 11-6 and cut the deficit to 13-12, but it wasn't enough, as Washburn scored the remaining two points to seal the set and match.

Alex Sansavera (R-Sr., DS/S, San Antonio, Texas) accumulated a team-high 26 assists. Lattin carried a squad-high 15 kills and three blocks.

Versus Tarlenton

In the final match of the tournament, the ThunderWolves lost in straight sets (26-28, 21-25, 21-25) to Tarlenton State, but fought in each frame.

CSU-Pueblo dished out a balanced attack, as Mariangel Perez (Jr., OH/RS, Catia La Mar, Venezuela) notched 10 kills, while Lattin and Caitlin Broadwell (So., OH, Lawrence, Kan.) contributed eight and seven, respectively.

Sansavera delivered 19 assists, making it the seventh time in eight matches she's earned 19 or more assists and marks 172 for the early season. 

On the other side, Hailey Roberts - the Steel & Silver Most Valuable Player - put in a dominate performance striking in 31 kills. After the game CSU-Pueblo Head Coach Jen Gomez said, "She's the probably the best striker they'll face this season." 

Looking ahead

The Pack begin Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play, as they'll hit the road for a three match stint against Western New Mexico University Sept. 18, New Mexico Highlands University Sept. 19 and Western State Colorado University Sept. 22.

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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.