Women's Volleyball


Kayla  Principato
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Kayla Principato


Rockville Centre, N.Y.

High School:
Southside HS


Right-Side Hitter



Four Pioneers Set for USA Volleyball Tryout

Latham, Novotny, Principato and Willis will take part in tryouts from March 2-4


Denver Earns League-High Eight Awards at Summit League Banquet

Pioneers place three on all-league team, two on all-freshman team, two honorable mentions and Tom Hogan won Coach of the Year


Principato Named Summit League Offensive Player of the Week

Second Career POTW Award for the Senior Right-Side Hitter


Principato Named to Collegiate National Team-Minneapolis

Rockville Centre, N.Y., native will train at the University of Minnesota in June


Principato Headed to USA Volleyball Tryout

Junior right-side looking for spot on Team USA


DU Volleyball Teams Up With Reading Partners

The Pioneer volleyball team program is making a difference in the community by working with an organization call Reading Partners


Season Preview: A View From Training Camp


  • The Summit League Tournament MVP (2017)
  • The Summit League All-League Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • The Summit League All-Tournament Team (2015, 2017)
  • The Summit League Offensive Player of the Week (8/28/17)
  • 2017 Denver Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • The Summit League Offensive Player of the Week (10/10/16)
  • Made Dean's list winter quarter for 2017-18

Career Highs:

  •  Kills: 21, North Dakota State (11/13/16)
  •  Attacks: 58, South Dakota (11/10/17)
  •  Hitting percentage: .667 (9-1-12), South Dakota State (10/7/16)
  •  Assists: 1, 15 times, last vs. Oral Roberts (11/19/17)
  •  Service aces: 3, Montana State (9/3/16)
  •  Digs: 8, South Dakota (11/10/17)
  •  Blocks: 9, Loyola Marymount (9/2/16)
  •  Block solo: 2, twice, last South Dakota (11/11/16)
  •  Block assists: 9, Loyola Marymount (9/2/16)
  • Played in all 102 sets for the Pioneers, and started in 17 matches
  • Second on the team in kills and points
  • Fourth on the team in total blocks and hitting percentage
  • Led the Pioneers in kills in eight matches and tied for the team-high in three matches
  • Invited to the 2017 Team USA CNT-Minneapolis from June 22-26 at the University of Minnesota
  • Appeared in all 116 sets for the Pioneers
  • Led the team with 349 kills at 3.01 per set with a third-best .288 clip
  • Added 15 service aces, 48 digs and third on the team with 101 blocks, five solo and 96 assisted
  • Finished fifth in the Summit League with 417.0 points


  • Played in all 128 sets for Denver.
  • Led the Pioneers with 323 kills.
  • Compiled 100 blocks, 42 digs and six assists.
  • Named to the Pioneer Classic All-Tournament Team.
  • Named to the Denver Invitational All-Tournament Team.


  • Played in 30 matches for a total of 67 sets for the Pioneers.
  • Recorded 21 kills at an attack rate of .157.
  • Also provided five digs and 15 total blocks.
  • Had a career-high five kills against Colorado State in opening NCAA match.


  • Played volleyball for South Side High School as a rights-side hitter.
  • Named Tournament MVP and received the Rising Star Award.
  • Named All-Tournament Team MVP, All-Conference and All-County.
  • Nominated for 2013 All-Long Island and All-State.
  • Named to the GEVA Regional Volleyball Team
  • Played three seasons at right-side hitter for her club team.
  • Received the Most Improved Player and the Sportsmanship Award.


  • Born June 14, 1996 in Mineola, N.Y.
  • Daughter of Stephen and Karen.
  • Has one older brother, Brendan.
  • Chose DU because she loved it, it had excellent academics and volleyball program.
  • Also chose DU because she felt it was the right fit for her on her first visit.
  • Hopes to one day play professional volleyball and become a member of the USA women's national team and have a chance to compete in the Olympics.
  • Has an interest in fashion and business and would like to combine those two with her art background to become involved in design.
  • Was involved in student government, helping with event planning of the Homecoming Parade float and also helped to plan activities for the Red and Blue Dance and various sports competitions.
  • Enjoys painting, drawing and dancing.
  • Undeclared major.



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