PUEBLO, Colo. (October 13, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball returns to Massari Arena for homecoming as the Pack welcomes University of Colorado Colorado Springs Friday and No. 25 Metro State University of Denver, Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
After four matches on the road, the Pack returns home to face the two teams they began their road trip against. This weekend's matches also begin a four-match homestand for CSU-Pueblo
ThunderWolves at a Glance:
- The Pack brings a 7-10 overall record into the weekend. CSU-Pueblo owns a 5-3 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches, which puts them in a tie for fifth.
- Senior Katie Burnett enters the weekend with 1,388 career digs, just 23 digs shy of the school record (1,411). With an average of 5.00 digs/set, Burnett is on pace to break that record this weekend. She set a school record for digs in a match with 35 in the Pack's first meeting with UCCS, Oct. 1.
- Burnett also continues to lead the RMAC with 0.45 aces per set. Her 26 total aces ranks second. With 5.0 digs/set. She stands fourth in the conference.
- Megan Schultz (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) recorded a season-best nine blocks in the Pack's win over Western State Colorado University Saturday. Her six digs in the match also tied her career-high. Schultz ranks seventh in the RMAC with 1.0 blocks /set.
- Caitlin Broadwell (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) notched her second double double with a career-best 21 kills at Western State and 10 digs. She leads the pack with 3.34 kills/set. Broadwell ranks 10th in the RMAC in kills/set.
- Senior Mariangel Perez (Catia La Mar, Venezuela) earned her fourth double-double of the season with 16 kills and a season-high 24 digs against the Mountaineers. Perez now has 10 or more digs in her last three matches. She has 35 career double doubles.
- The Pack ranks third in the RMAC with 2.08 blocks per set. As a team, CSU-Pueblo stands fifth in the RMAC with 15.95 digs/set
- UCCS stands 9-7 overall. They have split their first eight RMAC games going 4-4. The Mountain Lions have not won back-to-back conference games.
- UCCS owns a slight edge against the Pack all-time, winning 27 of the 53 meetings between the Steel & Silver Trophy Rivals. CSU-Pueblo has won the last three matches, including a five-set win over the Mountain Lions, Oct.1.
- As a team, the Mountain Lions rank second in the conference with 14.10 kills/set. They rank third in the RMAC in hitting percentage (.220) and fourth in assists/set (12.79).
- Alyssa Brinton ranks third in the RMAC with 3.95 kills/set.
- Taylor Hamilton ranks fifth in the RMAC in hitting percentage (.315). Lauren Brown's .297 hitting percentage stands sixth.
Scouting MSU Denver:
- The Roadrunners remain undefeated in RMAC play with an 8-0 conference record. They are 13-3 overall and ranked No. 25 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.
- MSU Denver holds a substantial lead in the all-time series with CSU-Pueblo. The Pack last defeated the Road runners on Oct. 10, 1999. The Roadrunners swept the Pack in Denver, Sept. 30 (15-25, 22-25, 26-28).
- Brandi Torr posts a RMAC-best 11.68 assists/set. She ranks eighth in D-II in assists/set. MSU Denver leads the RMAC with 13.23 assists/set.
- Michaela Smith leads the RMAC with 4.11 kills/set. She ranks second in the RMAC with 0.44 aces/set.
- Vasati Fiatoa leads the RMAC with a .403 hitting percentage. Fiatoa's hitting percentage ranks ninth nationally. As a team, MSU Denver leads the RMAC with a .248 hitting percentage.
- The Roadrunners are the least blocked team in the RMAC. Opponents average just 1.39 blocks/set against MSU Denver.
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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