PUEBLO, Colo. (November 4, 2016) – This Saturday night, Nov. 5, Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball will celebrate the careers of five seniors when the ThunderWolves host Westminster College at 7 p.m. in Massari Arena.
While the Pack's senior class will be recognized for their achievements at this match, Saturday's contest will offer them a chance to extend their careers. With three games remaining, the Pack stands 8-7 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. This puts CSU-Pueblo just one half game back of the eighth and final spot in the RMAC Tournament. They are just one game back of sixth place in a tight RMAC postseason race.
The Pack holds a 10-14 record overall. Westminster stands 4-19 with just two wins in their 14 RMAC contests.
If this ThunderWolves senior class can qualify for the RMAC Tournament, it would be the first class in school history to earn three consecutive RMAC Tournament appearances.
Among this senior class is Katie Burnett (Austin, Texas) who broke CSU-Pueblo's career digs record earlier this season. Burnett's 1,549 career digs now stands 138 digs higher than anyone else in school history.
Additionally, Burnett has put together one of the greatest seasons statistically in Pack history as a senior. Her 5.13 digs/set this season would be the highest average in school history. Burnett's 36 service aces sits just three back of the modern era record. She is also 33 digs shy of her own school record for digs in a season. Her 0.41 aces/set average would match the highest average in school history.
Coming off a season-best 16 kills against New Mexico Highlands Tuesday, senior Morgan Wilkening (Fleming, Colo.) will also be honored Saturday night. Wilkening ranks fifth all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 1,067 kills. Just one kill shy of fourth place, the Pack's captain will likely move into the top four Saturday night.
Senior Mariangel Perez (Catia, La Mar, Venezuela) has placed her name throughout the Packs' record books. In just three seasons, Perez has posted 960 kills, ninth most in Pack history. Her 3.17 kills per set ranks sixth all-time. Her 936 digs also ranks as the eighth largest career total in school history. Perez has 10 or more digs in each of her last 10 matches.
Tanja Ranilovic (Sr., Belgrade, Serbia) will play her penultimate home game Saturday night. Ranilovic had a career-high eight digs in the Pack's win over the Cowgirls Tuesday. She has 211 career blocks and 321 kills.
Megan Schultz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ranks 10th in the RMAC with 0.92 blocks per set. Schultz like Ranilovic has 211 career blocks. She has 472 career kills With a .205 career-hitting percentage Schultz ranks 10th all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
These five seniors will be honored during a pre-match ceremony. Senior night at CSU-Pueblo will start 6:50 p.m. with the match beginning at 7 p.m.
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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