Pack storms through UCCS, records fifth straight home sweep

Pack storms through UCCS, records fifth straight home sweep

PUEBLO, Colo. (November 6, 2015) – Massari Arena continues to be kind to the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team. The Pack swept University of Colorado Colorado Springs (29-27,25-21, 28-26) to push their home win streak to five. The ThunderWolves have now won their last 15 home sets, which set a record for the most consecutive home sets won in school history.

Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) smacked 18 kills on the night. Perez hit .361 and collected six kills in the final set.  She also added two blocks and seven digs in the win.

CSU-Pueblo led early in the first set, but UCCS rallied to tie the game at 18. After the teams traded six points, a reversed call gave the Mountain Lions a 22-21 advantage.  They rode the momentum of this call to a 24-21 lead. With their backs against the wall, the ThunderWolves rallied to tie the set at 24.

The back and forth battle continued until the two teams were tied at 27. Oni Lattn (Sr., Houston Texas) spiked down a Jordan Bruere (Sr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) set to give the Pack game point.

On set point, Lattin's presence forced an error by the Mountain Lions as the Pack closed out the first set 29-27. Perez delivered seven kills in the first frame. Megan Schultz (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) knocked home four kills in the opening stanza.

In the second set, the Pack trailed early as UCCS jumped out to a 10-7 lead but CSU-Pueblo rfought back. With the Pack leading 15-13, a pair of long rallies continued because of diving digs by Alex Sansavera (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) and ended in Perez kills. Perez had five kills in the second set as the Pack rode the momentum from the long volleys to a 25-21 set win.

Lattin added another three kills as she hit .500 through the first two sets. The Pack outhit the Mountain Lions. .222 to .093 entering the break.

The battle raged on in the third set. Neither team led by more than three points as the scoreboard showed a 24-24 tie late in the third. Facing set point, the Pack rallied with a Perez kill to even it up at 25.

After the two teams traded kills, Perez delivered another timely spike to put the Pack up one. The RMAC's leader in kills, Kim Catlett hit the ball into the net on match to point to give the Pack the 28-26 win.

Katie Burnett (Jr., Austin Texas) led the Pack with 10 digs. Brooklyn Lebon (So., Frederick, Colo.) added another nine digs, while Bruere kept another eight balls alive.

Lattin finished the night with eight kills and .462 hitting percentage. Schultz slammed home a season-high nine kills for the Pack.

CSU-Pueblo outhit UCCS .257 to .113. While the ThunderWolves are known for their block, they came through with 48 digs compared to just 38 for UCCS.

With the win, CSU-Pueblo improves to 10-14 (8-8 RMAC). They currently sit in a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot. UCCS falls to 15-10 (10-6 RMAC).

The Pack will look to keep their home win streak alive and celebrate senior night on Saturday Nov.7 as they battle Metropolitan State University-Denver at 7 p.m. Bruere, Lattin, and Sansavera, will be honored before the game.

One ticket gets fans two exciting games this Saturday. Fans who attend Saturday's football game will receive free admission to the volleyball game with their ticket.

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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.