Pioneers Sweep Tigers to Open Season
Denver sweeps Tennessee State 25-17, 25-22, and 25-10 at the Hampton Inn and Suites Classic
Aug. 25, 2017
CHARLESTON, S.C.— The University of Denver women’s volleyball 2017 campaign got underway with a statement win against Tennessee State at the Hampton Inn and Suites Classic. The Pioneers (1-0) swept the Tigers (0-1) by scores of 25-17, 25-22, and 25-10 in a quick hour and 19 minute match.
“We are excited to begin our season with a win in Charleston,” said second-year head coach Tom Hogan. “We were able to get our first match nerves out of the way while giving every player on our team an opportunity to grow.
“Our team’s greatest strength, our team chemistry, allowed us to control the match, and we improved in every set by focusing on the process. We look forward to tomorrow as we strive to continually grow with every opportunity.”
Kayla Principato had 10 kills, Piyusha Boteju recorded 17 assists, Emma Willis had three total blocks (one solo, two assisted), and Cassidy Rooke had eight digs to lead DU. Rooke added two service aces, which tied for a team-high with Andrea Eddy and Ellie Anderson. Freshmen Lydia Bartalo contributed seven digs and Anderson had eight assists in their first match as a Pioneer.
Overall, Denver had a hitting percentage of .304, whereas Tennessee State was held to just .066. The Pioneers outscored the Tigers in kills (34-30), service aces (6-0) and total blocks (4-0) en route to the victory.
Set One: Willis scored the first point of the 2017 volleyball season for the Pioneers with a kill off of an assist from Boteju. The Tigers went ahead early on in the set 9-6 before DU rattled off four-straight points to take a 10-9 lead. Tennessee State tied it at 10-10, which the last time the set would be close. Denver went on to win the next three points, causing Tennessee State to call a timeout at 13-10. After the break, DU went on a 12-7 run to close out the set. Cassie Baird led the Pioneers in the set with four kills, while Principato added three. Rooke had one service ace and six digs to lead DU in both categories, and Boteju and Anderson had five and four assists, respectively. The Pioneers hit .273 in the first set.
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