PUEBLO, Colo. (October 31, 2015) – For the fourth consecutive time on their home court, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team swept their opponents in straight sets. The Pack rolled through Fort Lewis College (25-20, 25-19, 25-16) to finish unbeaten at home in October.
CSU-Pueblo's defense haunted the Skyhawks on Halloween night with 13 total blocks. The ThunderWolves held Fort Lewis to a .059 hitting percentage as they improved to 9-14 (7-8 RMAC) on the season.
The Pack's defense controlled the net in the first set. CSU-Pueblo recorded five of its 13 blocks in the opening frame to keep the Skyhawks off balance.
Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) swatted three of her team-leading six blocks in the opening frame. Lattin also led the Pack in hitting percentage with a. 500 clip. She notched eight kills in the sweep.
Megan Schultz (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) knocked down three of her seven kills in the first set. Schultz finished the night with a .462 hitting percentage.
In the second stanza, the Pack added six more blocks as they pulled away with 25-19 win. The Skyhawks could only muster a .054 hitting percentage in the middle frame. Caitlin Broadwell (So., Lawrence, Kan.) rejected two Skyhawk shots and added three kills in the second. She finished with seven kills and three blocks on the night.
Out of the intermission, the Pack surged towards the sweep, jumping out to a 13-4 lead early in the frame. The Skyhawks cut the lead to seven, but they never got any closer as CSU-Pueblo stormed to a 25-16 win in the final set. The ThunderWolves limited Fort Lewis to a .000 hitting percentage in the last frame, while hitting an impressive .364 themselves.
Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) slammed down five of her match-high 12 kills in the final set. Perez also added seven digs and three blocks, while hitting .321 on the night.
Melissa Nichols (R-Fr., McKinney, Texas) kept pace with Lattin collecting five blocks (three solo) in the win. Libero, Katie Burnett (Jr., Austin, Texas) added 10 digs and two aces for the ThunderWolves. Alex Sansavera (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) dished out 21 assists and six digs.
Following their first sweep over Adams State University since 2000, the Pack has now won each of its last four home games in straight sets. CSU-Pueblo's .290 hitting percentage for the night ranks as their second highest total this season.
The Pack will keep their five-match home stand going next weekend when they host University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Nov. 6, and Metropolitan State University of Denver Nov.7. Both matches will have first serve at 7:00 p.m.
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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.