ThunderWolves finish four-match road swing against CMU and Westminster

ThunderWolves finish four-match road swing against CMU and Westminster

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 8, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's volleyball returns to the court Oct. 9-10 to finish off a four-contest road trip against Colorado Mesa University and Westminister (Utah) College.

First the Pack will travel to Colorado Mesa for a 7 p.m. first-serve, then travel to Salt Lake City Saturday for their first-ever meeting with Westminister.



About the ThunderWolves

  • For the Pack, they enter the weekend 4-11 (2-5 RMAC) and currently sit sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Mountain Division, 11th in the conference overall.
  • After going 2-1 in their first three RMAC tilts, the ThunderWolves have gone 0-4 since.
  • 3-6 away from Massari Arena.
  • Mariangel Perez (Jr., OH/RS, Catia La Mar, Venezuela) surpassed 200 kills last weekend and is now currently fourth in the RMAC in total kills with 206. She's ninth in kills per set at 3.32 per game. Perez also leads the squad in digs with 197.
  •  Senior Oni Lattin (MB/RS, Houston, Texas) remains first in the RMAC in blocks, punching back 1.42 shots per set. It is also good enough for sixth in the nation. Lattin is second on the ThunderWolves in kills with 161 shots.
  • Elena Michalski (So., S, Longmont, Colo.) and Alex Sansavera (R-Sr., DS/S, San Antonio, Texas) dominate the squad in setting. Michalski is second, assisting on 216 points, while Sansavera is first by helping out on 344 points.
  • Sixth in the RMAC in hitting percentage at .176 and 10th in kills, punching in 11.89 per set.
  • 17-54 all-time against Colorado Mesa.
  • Saturday's meeting with Westminister will be the first meeting between the two schools.

About Colorado Mesa

  • 7-8 overall, but 5-2 in the RMAC for fourth best in the Rocky Division and sixth overall.
  • 2-0 at home.
  • 3-1 against common CSU-Pueblo opponents. The only common win was at New Mexico Highlands University.
  • Four members of the Mavericks dominate the scoring load. Hattie Gianinetti (145 kills), Audrey Steinkirchner (139), Erin Perez (147), and Caitie Breaux (139)
  • Ali Syorinic controls the setting, as she has 400 assists on the year which is 10th best in the RMAC.

About Westminister

  • 5-10 on the season (1-2 at home) and 2-5 RMAC for seventh in the Rocky Division and tied for 11th with the ThunderWolves overall.
  • Last season was a part of the Frontier Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. With the move, the Griffins are the 16th member of the RMAC.
  • Finished last season 10-18 and 4-10 in the Frontier Conference.
  • Half-way through its first season, Westminister currently sits 14th in hitting percentage at .137 and in kills with 10.9 per stanza.
  •  Kate Tsourmas is fourth in the conference in blocks per frame, averaging one per set.
  • Amara Culpepper and Alyse Horton are the only members of the Griffins who have tallied more than 100 kills. Culpepper leads the unit with 129, while Horton has accumulated 115, respectively.

Looking Further Ahead

Once the Pack finish the road trip, they'll return home next weekend Oct. 16-17 to host South Dakota Mines School of Technology and Black Hills State University.

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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.