Pack gearing up for must-win showdown with Western State

Pack gearing up for must-win showdown with Western State

PUEBLO, Colo. (November 11, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team will conclude its regular season Thursday Nov.12 at 7 p.m. inside Massari Arena in a crucial match with Western State University. The Pack must win this match to keep their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament hopes alive.

Live Stats vs. Western State

CSU-Pueblo enters this regular season finale in a four-way tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with Colorado Christian University, Adams State University, and Chadron State College. All four teams have an 8-9 c=record in conference play. While many tie breakers exist, the Pack needs win and a Colorado Christian loss in all of them to advance to the postseason.

Assuming that both of those conditions occur(a CSU-Pueblo win and a CCU loss), the Pack clinches a playoff spot with: 1) an Adams Win and Chadron Win. 2) An Adams Win and Chadron Loss, 3) An Adams Loss and a Chadron loss.

This weekend, Colorado Christian plays at home against No. 19 Colorado School of Mines. Adams State hosts Fort Lewis College and Chadron will joust with Regis at home.         

About the ThunderWolves:

-The ThunderWolves set a school record by winning five consecutive home matches and 16 straight home sets. Both streaks reached their end Nov. 7.

 -The Pack swept Western State in the first meeting between the two teams Sept. 22. CSU-Pueblo held the Mountaineers to a .072 hitting percentage, their second lowest total in conference play.

-Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia la Mar, Venezuela) led the Pack with 12 kills and 19 digs in the first meeting with the Mountaineers this season. She also had 19 digs in her only other meeting with Western State.

-Perez knocked down 28 kills last weekend, hitting .290 against University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Metropolitan State of Denver. She has 10 or more kills in 22 of her 25 matches this season.

-The ThunderWolves have won each of their last 10 meetings against Western State. Coach Jen Gomez is 9-0 all-time against the Mountaineers. She has guided the Pack to wins in 25 of their 31 sets against Western in her tenure.

- Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) will play her final match at Massari Arena. Lattin ranks third in the nation in blocks per set (1.53) and fourth in total blocks with 144 rejections.

- Lattin ranks fourth in the RMAC in hitting percentage (.304). She leads the RMAC in all blocking categories. As a team, the Pack ranks 14th in the country in blocks per set (2.48).

 - Lattin broke her own CSU-Pueblo record for blocks in a season this year with 144 rejections entering the final match of the regular season. Her 1.53 blocks per set would also be a school record.  

-Alex Sansavera (R-Sr., San Antonio, Texas)will also play her final home game. Sansavera has set new single season highs in hitting percentage (.341)and assists per set (5.69).

-Pack fans will also see Jordan Bruere (Sr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) take the court at home for the last time. Bruere has collected 1,045 assists and 36 service aces in her career.

About Western State:

-Coach Keven John's team stands 13-15 overall and has a 10-7 RMAC record. They will be the sixth seed in the RMAC tournament with a win or a UCCS loss.

-Western State allows a league low 11.02 kills per game. They also limit opponents to an RMAC worst 10.23 assists per set.

-The Mountaineers lead the all-time series against the Pack 38-36. However, they have not beaten CSU-Pueblo since Sept. 28, 2010.

-Western State ranks second in the RMAC with 1.64 service aces per set. Jordan Eatwell enters play second in the RMAC in service aces. The Pack surrendered eight aces to Metro State Saturday.

-Amanda Maestas ranks fourth in the RMAC in digs. Allison Walker is fifth in assists with a 9.36 assists per set average.

Tickets for Thursday's game can be purchased at the Massari Arena box office Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5p.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.