Pack Volleyball begins RMAC play with visit to CCU and Mines

Pack Volleyball begins RMAC play with visit to CCU and Mines

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 15, 2016) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball will open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Friday when they travel to Lakewood, Colo. to battle Colorado Christian University at 6 p.m. The Pack will continue their road trip Saturday with a match at No. 18 Colorado School of Mines at 5 p.m.

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ThunderWolves at a glance:

- The ThunderWolves enter RMAC play with a 2-7 record. However, they did face two conference opponents during the 2016 ThunderWolves Classic and went 1-1 in those matches. The Pack swept Western State Colorado University but lost to Adams State University. 

- Head Coach Jill Muhe will be coaching her first RMAC game. Misha McDowell (Jr., Tucson, Ariz.) and freshmen setters Kelsey Bell (Los Lunas, N.M.) and Page Heller (Vancouver, Wash.) will all make their RMAC debuts.

- Junior Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) ranks seventh in the RMAC with 3.44 kills per set. Broadwell posted a career-high 19 kills vs. Texas A&M Kingsville. 

- Senior Libero Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) stands seventh in the RMAC with .43 service aces per set. Burnett also ranks eighth in the RMAC with 4.39 digs/set.

- Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) ranks eighth in the RMAC with 0.97 blocks per set. This number almost double Schultz' blocking output from 2015 (0.49). 

Scouting Colorado Christian:

- Colorado Christian enters the weekend with a 6-3 record. They have won four of their last five matches. The Pack is 15-21 all-time vs. CCU. 

- Two Cougars rank in the top 10 in the RMAC in hitting percentage. Sophia Proano ranks sixth with a .298 hitting percentage, while Hope Baldrica holds a .282 hitting percentage.  

- Proano also stands sixth in the conference with 3.77 kills/set. Her ranking mirrors the team's ranking as the Cougars are sixth with 12.20 kills/set. 

- Colorado Christian ranks second in the RMAC with 1.57 service aces per set. Kylee Wurster leads the Cougars with 14 aces on the season, second most in the conference.

- The Cougars have been susceptible to the block. Opponents average 2.20 blocks per set against the Cougars. This is the second highest average number of rejections produced against an RMAC School. 

Scouting Colorado Mines

- The Orediggers bring a 6-2 record and a No. 18 ranking into the weekend. The Pack owns a 34-24 edge in the all-time series, but Mines has won the last six meetings. CSU-Pueblo last defeated the Orediggers Sept. 15, 2011.

- Alanna Winfield is one of the conference's best outside hitters. Winfield averages 4.14 kills/set, second most in the RMAC. Winfield's .348 hitting percentage ranks third in the conference. 

- Colorado Mines passes well and doesn't make a lot of errors. The Orediggers rank second in the RMAC with 12.78 assists/set. Their .238 hitting percentage is also second best in the RMAC.

- While Winfield leads the Orediggers in kills, Ellie Monarch holds the team's best hitting percentage, scoring on .375 percent of her swings. Monarch has 76 kills in 2016. 

- Colorado Mines is the least blocked team in the RMAC. Opponents average just 1.43 rejections per set against the Orediggers.

The ThunderWolves will return home after their two-match road trip to host Black Hills State Sept. 23 and South Dakota Mines Sept. 24. The Friday night game against the Yellow Jackets will begin at 7 p.m., while the Saturday match starts at 3 p.m. in Massari Arena.

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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.