ThunderWolves roll through Black Hills State for third win in a row

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 17, 2015) –The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team earned its third consecutive win and second sweep in as many nights when it knocked off the Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets (25-21, 25-19, 25-20).


As a team, the Pack hit an impressive .394 in the final set. They hit .275 for the game, while holding Black Hills State to a .109 hitting percentage. In their two wins this weekend, CSU-Pueblo held opponents to a combined. 050 hitting percentage.


The Pack held off a late rally attempt from Black Hills State in the first set. Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) rejected Danielle Torpey's attack to close out the Yellow Jackets 25-21. Lattin had four kills and two blocks in the first set. Melissa Nichols (R-Fr. McKinney, Texas) added three kills and two blocks in the opening frame. Nichols recorded 12 blocks in the tow wins this weekend.


Katie Burnett (Jr., Austin, Texas) anchored the defense with 10 digs in the game's first set, as the ThunderWolves limited the Yellow Jackets to a .078 hitting percentage in the opening game. Burnett finished the night with 21 digs.


In the second set, the Pack claimed a 25-19 victory to go up two sets to none. Caitlin Broadwell (So., Lawrence, Kan.) notched four kills in the second set alone. Megan Schultz (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) contributed three kills, as she hit a remarkable .800 through the first two stanzas. She finished the night with a .625 hitting percentage, her second consecutive game above .600.


CSU-Pueblo jumped out to a 23-12 lead in the third set. The Yellow Jackets responded with eight of the next nine points. With the Pack hanging on to a 24-20 lead, Lattin delivered an emphatic kill to complete the sweep. Alex Sansavera (R-Sr., San Antonio, Texas) set up Lattin up for the winning point and had 20 assists on the night.


Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia De Mar, Venezuela) caught fire in the final set with seven kills. She finished the night with a double-double behind 12 kills and 11 digs. The junior also hit .455. Perez finished with a .442 hitting percentage in the two games this weekend.


Lattin finished her night with seven blocks, three of which were solo. The senior now has 24 blocks in her last 10 sets.


The Pack visits Colorado School of Mines Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. and plays at Colorado Christian University Oct.24. at 6 p.m. CSU-Pueblo returns to Massari Arena Oct. 30 to battle Adams State University before hosting Fort Lewis College in a Halloween showdown.


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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.