PUEBLO, Colo. (November 16, 2015) – For the second consecutive year, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team has made it to the postseason. The Pack will begin play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. when they visit No. 18 Colorado School of Mines.
For CSU-Pueblo this is the first time they've made back-to-back RMAC tournament appearances since 1996-97. Ironically, it was a win by Mines that helped the Pack get there as the Orediggers knocked off Colorado Christian University Saturday to help the Pack clinch this tournament appearance.
Although the Orediggers enter the RMAC tournament as the No.1 seed, the Pack have hung with them in the two matches they played against Mines this season. CSU-Pueblo has scored 22 or more points in five of their seven sets against Mines this season.
"We wanted to play against Mines," said Head Coach Jen Gomez "We feel like we matchup really well against them."
About the ThunderWolves:
-The ThunderWolves enter the tournament as the eighth seed. They finished the regular season 11-15 (9-9 RMAC).
- CSU-Pueblo ranks 12th in the nation in blocks per set. They average 2.53 rejections per set almost half a block per game more than anyone else in the RMAC.
-The Pack finished the season strongly, winning seven of their last 10 matches. They have also won 22 of their 33 sets over this time period.
-Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) ranks third in the nation in blocks per set (1.53). Lattin leads the RMAC in blocks and averages .65 blocks per set more than any player on Mines.
-Lattin also ranks fifth in the country in total blocks and second in the nation in solo blocks. She broke her own school records in both categories this season.
-Lattin ranks fourth in the RMAC in hitting percentage with a .305 clip. She has hit .368 in RMAC games this season and has hit .439 against Mines in her career.
- Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) ranks eighth in the RMAC in kills with 3.24 kills/set. Perez has double digit kills in 22 of her 26 matches this season, including both matches against Mines.
-Melissa Nichols (R-Fr., Katy Texas) has 11 kills and no errors against Mines this year. Nichols has hit .524 in her matches against the Orediggers.
-Caitlin Broadwell (So., Lawrence, Kan.) has 19 kills and a .422 hitting percentage against Mines this season.
-Katie Burnett (Jr., Austin., Texas) has 50 digs in four matches against Mines in her career, including double-digit digs in every match she has played against the Orediggers. She double-digit digs in three of her last four matches.
About Colorado Mines:
-The Orediggers enter the RMAC Tournament as the one seed. They went 23-5 (16-2 RMAC) to win the RMAC regular season title.
-Mines leads the RMAC with a .252 hitting percentage. That 2.52 hitting percentage is good for 18th in the nation.
- Danielle Johnson-Hazelwood leads the RMAC in assists with 12.32 helpers per game. Johnson-Hazelwood ranks third in the country in assists.
- Alanna Winfield and Megan Peterson form a one-two punch on the attacking side. Winfield enters postseason play fifth in the RMAC with 3.64 kills per set and 10th in hitting percentage (.280). Peterson ranks ninth in kills per set (3.21) and seventh in hitting percentage (.297).
-The Orediggers average 14.60 kills/set. This figure also leads the RMAC.
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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.