Women's Volleyball


Kayla  Principato
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Kayla Principato


Rockville Centre, N.Y.

High School:
Southside HS


Right-Side Hitter



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


Denver Volleyball 2016 Year in Review

Fall season signaled first year for Pioneers under direction of head coach Tom Hogan


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)

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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