PUEBLO, Colo. (September 22, 2016) – After a week away from home, Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball returns to Massari Arena to host Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Sept 23-24.
The Pack will face the Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m. Friday night in their first home Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match. CSU-Pueblo will also play South Dakota Mines Saturday at 3 p.m.
ThunderWolves at a Glance:
- The Pack brings a 3-8 record into this weekend homestand. CSU-Pueblo won its RMAC opener in five sets over Colorado Christian University, but could not upset No.18 Colorado School of Mines. They are 1-1 in RMAC play.
- Historically, the Pack has enjoyed success against teams from the Mount Rushmore State. CSU-Pueblo holds a 7-3 record when facing South Dakota teams. The Pack is 3-1 all-time vs. Black Hills State and 2-0 vs. the HardRockers.
- Katie Burnett (Sr., Austin, Texas) ranks second in the RMAC with 0.42 service aces per set. Burnett's 15 total aces already exceed her total from 2015 (14). She is also averaging a career-high 4.64 digs/set, ninth most in the RMAC.
- Two ThunderWolves rank in the top 10 in the RMAC blocks. Senior Megan Schultz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) stands sixth with 0.98 blocks/set. Fellow senior Tanja Ranilovic (Belgrade, Sebia) rejects 0.92 attacks per set, ninth most in the RMAC.
- As a team, the Pack ranks third in the RMAC with 1.95 blocks/set. CSU-Pueblo averages the fifth most digs per set of any team in the RMAC, saving 15.60 balls per set.
- Junior Caitlin Broadwell (Lawrence, Kan.) ranks eighth in the RMAC with 3.35 kills/set.
Scouting Black Hills State:
- The Yellow Jackets enter the weekend with a 2-7 record overall. Black Hills State holds a 0-2 record in the RMAC after losing to both Adams State University and Fort Lewis College last week.
- Head Coach Kristin Carmichael's team leads the RMAC with 3.11 blocks per set. This bests the rest of the conference by over a rejection per set.
- Black Hills State ranks last in the RMAC with a .103 hitting percentage. However, they limit opponents to a league-low .139 hitting percentage.
- Fehrin Ward and Cheyenne Palu lead the RMAC in rejections. Ward leads the conference and ranks third in the nation with 1.53 blocks per set. Palu stands second in the conference and fourth nationally with 1.50 rejections per set.
- Lacy Stevens leads the RMAC with 6.26 digs/set. The Yellow Jackets lead the conference with 19.11 digs/ set.
Scouting South Dakota Mines:
- TheHardrockers stand 1-10 on the season. They bring a 0-2 RMAC record into the weekend after losing to Fort Lewis and Adams State.
- South Dakota Mines ranks last in the RMAC with 8.64 kills per set. The Hardrockers also average a league-worst 8.15 assists/set.
- Head Coach Doug Tabbert's squad averages a league low 1.26 blocks per set. Opponents hit .249 against the Hardrockers, the second highest percentage in the RMAC.
- South Dakota Mines struggles with serve reception. Opposing teams have put down 2.41 aces/set against the Hardrockers.
- Elizabeth Jansen ranks 10th in the RMAC with 0.37 service aces per set. She is the only Hardrocker to rank in the top 10 in the RMAC in any category.
During Friday's game between the Pack and the Yellow Jackets, CSU-Pueblo Athletics will recognize the 323 student-athletes who earned a spot on the honor roll during the spring semester. To thank them for all their help, all CSU-Pueblo faculty and staff as well as their immediate families will receive free tickets to both volleyball games this weekend.
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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.