ThunderWolves sweep Hardrockers with dominant defense

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 16, 2015) – Behind a strong defense, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team swept the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers Friday at Massari Arena (25-18, 25-22, 25-17). The ThunderWolves made life difficult for the visitors holding them to a -.020 hitting percentage.

 

With the win, the Pack improves to 6-12 (4-6 RMAC).  The loss sends South Dakota Mines to (6-14, 2-8 RMAC).

 

The Pack controlled the first set with their block. Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) and Melissa Nichols (R-Fr., McKinney, Texas) each assisted in four blocks during the first frame, holding the Hardrockers to a -.185 hitting percentage. Perez had two kills on three attacks to give ThunderWolves a 25-18 win in the first set.

 

In the second set, the Hardrockers kept it close and competitive. The ThunderWolves block continued to make a difference as they held South Dakota Mines to a .000 hitting percentage and recorded another eight blocks. Nichols and Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) had four blocks in the second set, while Megan Schultz (Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo.) added another three rejections.

 

Perez and Lattin led the offense in the second set. They each tacked on another four kills in the frame to help the Pack grab a 25-22 win in set two.

 

The Pack closed out the Hardrockers in the third. Perez and Schultz each tallied five kills in the final frame to give CSU-Pueblo the sweep. Schultz finished the night with seven kills and a .636 hitting percentage. Perez (.429) and Lattin (.412) both finished the night hitting above .400.

 

Nichols concluded her night with 10 blocks (one solo, nine assisted) to set a new career high. The ThunderWolves finished with 16 blocks as a team, setting a new season best. CSU-Pueblo entered the match leading the RMAC and ranked 20th nationally in blocks per set.

 

The ThunderWolves continue their two-game homestand Saturday night when they host Black Hills State University at Massari Arena. Opening serve is set for 7 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 of Excellence.

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.).

 

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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.