Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 19, 2015) – For the second consecutive week, Colorado State University-Pueblo middle blocker Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) has earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week award. This is Lattin's third time receiving the honor this season.
Lattin's defense helped the Pack (Record here) to an undefeated weekend, as the ThunderWolves defeated South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Black Hills State University in straight sets. The Pack held both teams to a combined .040 hitting percentage.
After earning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Honors last week, Lattin kept the momentum going as she delivered six blocks in the Pack's straight set win over South Dakota Mines. The ThunderWolves recorded 16 team blocks in the win and held the Hardrockers to a -.020 hitting percentage. The 16 blocks set a new school record for blocks in a three-set match during the rally scoring era.
The Houston native recorded seven blocks the following night as the Pack swept Black Hills State. This included a key rejection that ended the first set, giving CSU-Pueblo a 25-21 win in the first frame. Lattin also delivered the final blow with an emphatic kill to put Black Hills State away in the third set.
She leads the nation with 117 total blocks and has 24 rejections in her last 10 sets. Lattin now ranks second in the NCAA in blocks per set (1.56).
As a team the Pack rank eighth overall in the NCAA in rejections with 193.5. The ThunderWolves jumped nine places in blocks per set to 11th in the country (2.58).
CSU-Pueblo volleyball returns to action Friday night when they visit Colorado School of Mines at 7 p.m. and challenge Colorado Christian University Saturday at 6 p.m. Lattin and her teammates return to Massari Arena Oct. 30 to battle Adams State University before hosting Fort Lewis College in a Halloween showdown.
Fans who dress in costume to celebrate Halloween with the Pack will receive free admission to the volleyball game. There will also be a Trick R' Treat street and an activity room for the kids, where the first 50 kids will get to decorate mini pumpkins. In addition, a costume contest will be held after the second set with the winner receiving a fabulous prize.
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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.