PUEBLO, Colo. (October 15, 2015) – The Colorado State University- Pueblo women's volleyball team returns to Massari Arena for the first time since Sept. 26, when they host South Dakota School of Mines Oct. 17 and Black Hills State University Oct.18. Both games begin at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday's game against Black Hills will also be CSU-Pueblo's Dig Pink Event as the ThunderWolves raise money and awareness to support the fight against breast cancer. Fans will receive free admission to the game with a donation the St. Mary-Corwin Breast Center ofExcellence.
The ThunderWolves will also honor Sandy Nelson (Moss) who is currently battling breast cancer. Nelson played volleyball at CSU-Pueblo and was named All-RMAC in 1983. She is also the mother of ThunderWolves' Defensive Specialist, Lindsey Moss (Fr., Crede, Colo.).
About The ThunderWolves:
-The Pack enter play this weekend with a record of 5-12 (3-6 RMAC). They rank fifth in the conference's mountain division and sit 10th overall.
-CSU-Pueblo won its most recent game 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-6, 25-15) against Westminster (UT)in the first meeting between the two schools.
- The six points allowed by the ThunderWolves in the third set Saturday broke the school record for least points allowed in a set since rally scoring went into effect in 2001. The previous record was seven set Sept. 5, 2014 against Cameron (Okla.).
-Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) leads the country in solo blocks with 33. She ranks fourth in total blocks with 93 on the season, just seven rejections behind the national leader. The senior sits third in blocks per set entering the weekend (1.43), averaging more send backs than South Dakota Mines does as a team.
-Lattin earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday. The Middle Blocker had five solo blocks in Friday's game against Colorado Mesa. She followed it up with a career best 11 blocks in the win over Westminster (UT).
-Lattin had 15 kills in Saturday's win over the Griffins to earn her first career double-double. She hit .486 in her two contests last week and ranks sixth in the RMAC with a .290 hitting percentage.
-As a team, CSU-Pueblo ranks 20th in the nation in blocks per set with a 2.36 rejection average.
-The ThunderWolves allowed Westminster to hit .128 in Saturday's game. Head Coach Jen Gomez' team limited the Griffins to a .063 hitting percentage in the final three sets.
-The Pack have held opponents to a .200 hitting percentage or less in 12 of their 17 matches including all five wins.
-Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) has double digit kills in 16 of her 17 matches this season. The outside hitter has also collected double digit digs in 11 matches and 10 double-doubles on the season.
About South Dakota Mines:
-The Hardrockers enter play this weekend with a 6-13 record (2-7 RMAC). They sit seventh in the Rocky Division and 14th overall in the conference.
- South Dakota Mines comes into the weekend on a two-game winning streak. Head Coach, Doug Tabbert's team knocked off Chadron State in five sets Saturday (27-25,21-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-11) and dispatched Dickinson State Tuesday night, 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 25-13).
-Freshman setter, Elizabeth Jensen ranks fourth in the RMAC with a 9.53 assist/set average. Kylie Miller averages 4.30 digs per set which tops the team.
-The Hardrockers had five players reach double digit kills in Saturday's win over Chadron State. No South Dakota Mines player had reached that plateau in their previous four contests.
-Mikkella Reese leads the Hardrockers offense, averaging 2.90 kills per set. She also ranks third on the team in digs. Anna Breidt (2.40) and Emily Newton (.201) both average better than two kills per set.
About Black Hills State:
-The Yellow Jackets bring a 6-11 (3-6 RMAC) record into the weekend. These numbers place them fifth in the Rocky Division and ninth overall in the RMAC.
-Head Coach Kristin Carmichael's squad dropped its most recent contest to Regis in straight sets (14-25, 19-25, 21-25), but had won two matches before that including a sweep of South Dakota Mines.
-Junior Lacy Stevens keeps plays alive on the defensive side with a 4.84 digs per set average, the second highest average in the RMAC. She has reached double digit digs in all but one of her 17 matches this season.
- Brynn Eckhart posts 8.13 assists per game. The junior ranks eighth in the RMAC in helpers. However, Black Hills State hits only .133 as a team.
-Junior right side, Danielle Torpey, paces the Yellow Jackets offense with a team best 3.02 kills per set, which ranks 10th best in the RMAC. Senior, middle hitter Shelby Mayer leads the team in hitting percentage (.259) and ranks second in kills with a 2.06 kill/set average.