Pack volleyball battles, but can’t overcome No. 18 Mines in RMAC Tournament

Pack volleyball battles, but can’t overcome No. 18 Mines in RMAC Tournament

GOLDEN, Colo. (November 17 ,2015) Entering the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament as the eighth seed, the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team, looked to pull off the upset of No. 18 Colorado School of Mines. CSU-Pueblo fought valiantly, however, the favored Orediggers withstood the Pack's impressive third set to escape with a 3-1 win.  With the loss CSU-Pueblo was eliminated from the RMAC Tournament.  

 

The Pack kept it close for the early part of set one, eventually holding a 9-8 advantage. However, a five-point run gave Mines a lead they would never look back from. The Orediggers rode the momentum from this run to a 25-20 set one win.

 

Megan Schultz (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston Texas) each knocked down three kills and hit .750 in the first set. Katie Burnett (Jr., Austin, Texas) also served up a pair of aces.

 

Mines took control early in the second set as another five-point run that gave them a 7-2 lead. Despite several attempts, the Pack could never close the gap as the Orediggers won set two 25-18.

 

In her final match in blue and red, Lattin delivered another strong set with three more kills and a block. She hit .500 in set two, but the Pack hit .031 as a team.

 

CSU-Pueblo surged out of the break. The Pack hit .517 in the third to claim a dominating 25-16 set win. The ThunderWolves forced a side out on 93 percent of Mines' serves.

 

Caitlin Broadwell (So., Lawrence, Kan.) crushed down seven kills in the third set alone. Broadwell hit .875 in set three. She led the Pack  with a .381 hitting percentage over the match.

 

Lattin swatted away a pair of shots to add to her RMAC leading block total. The RMAC's Defensive Player of the Year finished the night with six blocks.

 

Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela)  picked up three kills in the third set as well on .429 hitting. Perez earned her 13th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 12 digs.

 

However, Mines reversed the script in the fourth set. The Orediggers held the Pack to .000 hitting to take set four 25-11 and to send the CSU-Pueblo home from the RMAC Tournament.

 

Perez, Broadwell, and Lattin all finished with a team-high10 kills. Lattin swatted away six shots, while Schultz added another three rejections. The Pack finished with 10 team blocks.

 

In their final games with CSU-Pueblo, the setting duo of Alex Sansavera (R-Sr., San Antonio, Texas) and Jordan Bruere (Sr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) tallied 19 and 17 assists respectively. Burnett led the Pack with 15 digs.

 

The Pack volleyball season comes to an end after the team reached back-to-back RMAC Tournaments for the first time since 1996-97. CSU-Pueblo also had two players, Perez and Lattin, earn First Team All-RMAC Honors for the second consecutive season.

 

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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.