PUEBLO, Colo. (October 29, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team will begin a five-game homestand to wrap up the regular season when they host Adams State University Oct.30 and Fort Lewis College Oct.31. Both games begin at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday's game will be Halloween with Pack. 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 in coaches offices 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. Prizes will be handed out for best individual costume and best group costume.
About the ThunderWolves:
-The ThunderWolves now own a 7-14 (5-8 RMAC) record and find themselves sixth in the RMAC's Mountain Division.
-CSU-Pueblo will look to snap a two-game losing streak after dropping road tilts to Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian University.
-The Pack hit a season low .016 in their straight set loss to Colorado Christian. This performance ended a streak of six xonsecutibe games where the Pack had hit over .200.
-Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) leads the country in total blocks (127) and sits second in blocks per set (1.57).
-As a team, The Pack rank 11th in the nation in blocks per set with 2.52 rejections per set. The Pack find themselves 16th in total blocks with 204.5
-Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) had racked up double digit kills in 15 consecutive matches before being held to three kills against CCU. Perez averages 3.38 kills/set this season, the seventh best total in the RMAC.
-Six of the Pack's last seven matches have only lasted three sets.
-Friday's match with Adams State will be the 75th meeting between the two schools all-time. The two schools have split the previous 74 meetings with each side winning 37 matches.
-Katie Burnett (Jr., Austin, Texas) has 51 digs in her last seven sets against Fort Lewis with an average of 7.29 digs/set last season. The Pack have won three of their last four against the Skyhawks.
-Coach Jen Gomez and her team have won their past four home matches against Fort Lewis. Gomez has never lost to the Skyhawks at Massari Arena as coach of the ThunderWolves.
-The Pack are 5-5 on Halloween night. Last year they defeated Adams on Halloween in five sets.
About Adams State:
-The Grizzlies come into Friday's game with an 8-13 (7-6 RMAC) record. They hold onto fourth place in the Mountain Division.
-Mallory Grimsrud ranks second in the RMAC in blocks per set with a 1.08 rejection average. She sits behind only Lattin in this category. The two women are the only two that average better than a block per set in the RMAC.
-The Grizzlies are the most blocked team in the RMAC, surrendering 2.69 blocks per set. The Pack average the most blcoks of any team in the conference.
- Head Coach Lindy Mortenson's team has won its last five matches. They have held opponents to a .122 hitting percentage during this streak.
-Grimsrud has double digit kills in each of her nine October matches. She has .307 hitting percentage during her team's five- match win streak.
About Fort Lewis:
-The Skyhawks own a5-16 (2-11 RMAC) record. They look up at the rest of the mountain Division sitting in last place.
-Fort Lewis holds a 43-33 advantage over the ThunderWolves all-time. However, they are 3-5 against the Pack since Gomez took over.
-Halloween hardly scares the Skyhawks. They are 11-2 all-time on Oct.31
-Ally Dell'Amico ranks third in the RMAC in digs, averaging 4.89 per set. Dell'Amico has nine or more digs in every match this season, including career best 33 digs in her match against Black Hills State University Oct.23.
-The Skyhawks surrender the most kills per set to opposing teams, allowing 14.12 kills per game. Matisse Monty leads Fort Lewis in kills with a 2.78 kill/set average.
Tickets for this weekend's games can be purchased at the Massari Arena box office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Remember fans who show up for Saturday's game in a costume will receive free admission as will CSU-Pueblo employees with a staff ID.
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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.