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Volleyball Plays in Last Tune-Up Tournament Before Conference Play

 The Pittsburg State Volleyball team is headed to Colorado for the 2014 Steel & Silver Classic hosted by Colorado-Colorado Springs and Colorado State-Pueblo. The team will play two games on Friday (Sept. 12) against Saint Martin's and Colorado-Colorado Springs in Colorado Springs, then play Adams State Saturday (Sept. 13) again in Colorado Springs before going to Pueblo to play Colorado State-Pueblo. Matches will be played at noon and 8 p.m. each day. Live stats and live video will be available for each match.

Saint Martin's is 1-6 on the young season. The Saints won their first game of the season before losing the next five, including a loss to No. 8 Cal State San Bernadino. Kristyn Ross leads her team with 2.64 kills per set, while Maddie Knecht has a team leading attack percentage, .246, and adds 1.71 kills per set. Jessica Riddle leads the Saints with 105 digs for 4.38 digs per set. As a team Saint Martin's averages 1.83 blocks per set. Hope Mortensen and Kyra Davidson share the lead with 16 blocks each. Ross and Brooke Good have each recorded a team high nine service aces in the first seven matches of the season.

Colorado-Colorado Springs is 0-4 on the season after a season opening tournament in Canyon, Texas last weekend. As a team, the Mountain Lions average 12.4 kills, 14.1 digs and 0.9 blocks per set while hitting at a .132 clip. Three players, Kim Catlett (3.88), Lauren Hahn (3.00) and Cassidy Bush (2.63), record over 2.5 kills per set. Catlett is the team's top point scorer, as she also leads the team in service aces and is fourth in blocks. She also leads the team in digs with 3.63 dps. Bush leads the team with seven blocks. Celeste Henderson is the team's setter with 10.00 assists per set.

Adams State is 2-2 after competing in the same tournament at Colorado Springs last weekend. The team lost its first two matches to West Texas A&M and Truman before winning games over Texas Woman's and Eastern New Mexico. The team hits at an .089 clip with 11.1 kps. The Grizzlies get 1.6 blocks per set, while allowing opponents 2.8 bps, a .185 attack percentage and 11.9 kps. Adams State has allowed opponents 24 service aces in its first four matches. Lindsey Stindt leads with 3.33 kps, while also contributing 2.27 dps. Savannah Smith (3.73) and Gabrielle Timmen (3.33) each record over 3.00 dps. Mallory Grismund leads in blocks, having recorded 13.0 this season.

Colorado State-Pueblo is 3-2 after going 2-2 in its season-opening tournament in Wichita Falls, Texas and a win over Colorado College on Tuesday. The Thunderwolves average 11.82 kills per set with a .171 attack percentage. Defensively, they average 18.00 digs and 2.05 blocks per set. Mariangel Perez leads the team with 3.23 kps. The Thunderwolves utilize two setters in their offense Alex Sansavera leads with 5.27 assists per set, while Jordan Bruere adds 4.14. Defensively Katie Burnett leads with 4.68 dps, while Perez adds 3.50. Oni Lattin and Alex Winkler each have 21 blocks so far on the season, just under a block per set.

Pitt State is 2-2 after splitting matches in the Rockhurst Classic last weekend. The team earned wins over East Central and William Jewell, but fell to Rockhurst and Findlay. The Gorillas average 13.2 kills, 14.5 digs and 1.7 blocks per set. The team hits at a .255 clip. The Gorillas have 13 service aces on the season, but also 26 service errors. The team has allowed 26 service aces against them. Pitt State's opponent are averaging almost two kills fewer with 11.6 kps and hitting .216. Opponents get 12.3 dps, but are slightly better on the block with 30.5 blocks for 1.9 bps.

Three Gorillas average 2.5 kps or better. Madi Mosier leads with 4.25, Ashley Bell adds 2.56 and Paula Okrutna 2.50. Hayley Hansford quarterbacks the Gorilla offense with 10.94 assists per set. Ashlen Schwartz leads the team with 4.25 digs per set, while Mosier adds 2.44 and Okrutna is just under two digs per set at 1.94. Okrutna is the team's leading blocker with 12. Bell adds nine and Mosier, eight. Schwartz and Maggie Highberger lead the team with four service aces a piece. 
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