PUEBLO, Colo. (October 22, 2015) – Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball will try to extend its three-match winning streak this weekend when they visit the Colorado School of Mines Friday and challenge Colorado Christian University Saturday. Friday's game begins at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game begins at 6 p.m.
About the ThunderWolves:
-The ThunderWolves now own a 7-12 (5-6 RMAC) record and sit tied for fourth in the RMAC's Mountain Division.
-The ThunderWolves have won each of their last three games and nine out of their last 10 sets. CSU-Pueblo's win streak began with a 3-1 road win over Westminster (UT). The Pack swept South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State at home last week. They have outscored opponents by 54 points over this three-match win streak.
-During their win streak, the ThunderWolves have held opponents to a combined .082 hitting percentage, including forcing South Dakota Mines into a -.020 hitting clip Oct.16.
-Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Honors for the second consecutive week Monday. Lattin has 24 blocks in her last 10 sets. She leads the country in total blocks (117) and sits second in blocks per set (1.56).
-As a team, the Pack rank 10th in the nation in blocks per set with 2.58 rejections per set. The Pack find themselves eighth in total blocks with 193.5.
-The ThunderWolves set a school record for blocks in a three set match with 16 team blocks in their sweep of South Dakota Mines.
-Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) recorded a career-high seven blocks in the Pack's win over the Hardrockers, eclipsing her previous high of four.
-Perez averaged four kills per set in her two matches last week, collecting 12 kills in each match. She hit a combined .442 in the two wins last week. The junior also recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 11 digs against Black Hills State.
-Katie Burnett (Austin., Texas) has averaged 5.8 digs/set during the Pack's three-match winning streak. She has recorded double digit digs in every game the Pack has won this season.
-Melissa Nichols (R-Fr., Katy Texas) set a career high with 10 blocks in the Pack's win over the Hardrockers Oct.16. Her previous best was five at Chadron State College Oct.2.
About Colorado Mines:
-The Orediggers enter play this weekend ranked 19th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll. They have compiled a 15-4 record (9-2 RMAC) to sit atop the Mountain Division.
-Colorado Mines won the first meeting between the two teams this season with a 3-1 win (22-25, 25-22, 25-27, 19-25) at Massari Arena Sept. 26. Mines has won six of their seven matches since the two teams last met.
-Senior setter Danielle Johnson-Hazelwood ranks third in the nation in assists per set (12.44). Johnson-Hazelwood earned RMAC Setter of the Week honors Monday for the fourth time this season.
- Head Coach Jamie Skadeland's team leads the RMAC in hitting percentage (.240). They were actually outhit (.243 to .222) by the ThunderWolves in the first meeting between the two teams.
-Juniors Megan Peterson (3.45 kills/set) and Alanna Winfield (3.67 kills/set) are a two-headed monster on the attacking front. They rank fifth and sixth in the RMAC in kills respectively. The Orediggers lead the conference in kills per set (14.77).
About Colorado Christian:
-The Cougars enter the weekend 10-11 overall (5-6 RMAC). They sit tied with CSU-Pueblo for fourth in the Mountain Division.
-Colorado Christian won it's first meeting this season with CSU-Pueblo in five sets (30-28,20-25, 21-25,25-20, 9-15), but trails in the all-time series 20-15.
-Since their win over the ThunderWolves, the Cougars have dropped six of the last eight matches, including four of their last five.
-Senior Jordan Carswell leads the RMAC in service aces with 33 unreturned serves. She holds a seven ace lead over her closest competition in conference.
-Hope Baldrica ranks fourth in the RMAC in blocks per set (.096). She had six blocks in the first meeting between the two teams.
Following this weekend's games, CSU-Pueblo volleyball returns 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.