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DU Moves to 5-0 on the Season with 3-1 Victory Over Niagara

Sept. 2, 2017

  VOLL v Niagara (2 SEP 17) - Highlights

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DENVER— In the first of two matches scheduled for Saturday, the University of Denver women’s volleyball team defeated Niagara 3-1 (25-18, 25-12, 23-25, 25-18) at Hamilton Gymnasium.

As a result of the win, the Pioneers move to 5-0 on the season, tying the best start in program history (Denver last started 5-0 in 2014).

Becca Latham led Denver with 13 kills, while Piyusha Boteju had 19 assists to lead the team.  Boteju also had a career-high 20 digs for her third double-double of the season, and Latham, Tina Boe and Emma Willis each had five total blocks in the match to lead in those respective categories. Seven different Pioneers recorded a service ace, a season-high. 

As a team, DU hit .317 with 52 kills, holding Niagara to a .068 hitting percentage and 33 kills. Denver had 10 total team blocks, off of 16 assisted blocks and two solo blocks by Willis, which tied a career-high for the middle blocker.   

Set One:  DU was down 9-6 early on, but back-to-back-to-back kills by Boe, Latham, and Ellie Anderson squared the set at nine.  Niagara and Denver exchanged points, tying the match at 12, before DU scored five of the next six points to go ahead 17-13. A kill by Latham, service ace by Schnurr, and a block by Boe and Latham put DU up 19-14, leading to a timeout by Niagara. Out of the timeout, Latham and Baird each had a kill, and a couple of service errors by the Purple Eagles propelled DU to the 25-18 win.  It was the fourth match that DU has won the first set.  Anderson led the Crimson and Gold with six assists, and Principato and Latham each had three kills to pace the team.  Cassie Baird, Teal Schnurr and Anderson each recorded a service ace in the set. As a team, the Pioneers hit .333 on 14 kills. On the fifth point of the set, Boteju recorded the 500th dig of her career.  She had seven digs in the opening set and finished with 17 in the match.  Cassidy Rooke also had seven digs in the frame.

Set Two:  Denver scored the first six points of the set en route to a 25-12 win.  Willis, Latham and Principato each had kills early on to start off the Pioneers.  DU went on another 6-0 run in the middle of the set to put the set out of reach at 15-5.  DU’s greatest lead at one point was 21-9 before the Purple Eagles scored three-straight points to make it 21-12.  Pioneers closed out the set on a 4-0 run to take the set.  Denver hit .308 with 11 kills, while Niagara hit -.158 in the set.

Set Three: Niagara and Denver went back-and-forth for the majority of the set, with 13 ties and seven lead changes, but the Purple Eagles took the set 25-23.  DU hit .194 in the set, recording 11 kills. Schnurr and Latham each had three kills to lead the Pioneers, while Anderson added six assists and Boteju had five digs. Boe and Latham each had two assisted blocks in the set, teaming up twice, with Principato and Willis combining for the other assisted block of the set. Principato added a service ace, as did Olivia Novotny, her second of the season.

Set Four:  The trend in the fourth set was the Purple Eagles would pull ahead and Denver would tie it back up.  After a tie at 13 all, DU went on a 4-0 run to push the lead to 17-13. The Purple Eagles would make it 18-15 before DU closed out the set on a 7-3 run on kills by Willis, Schnurr, Becca Mau, Lydia Bartalo and Boe to win 25-18.  Latham led the Pioneers with four kills in the set, while Andrea Eddy had eight assists and Novotny and Boteju each had three digs.  Eddy also added a service ace in the set, the lone ace for DU. Denver closed out the match hitting .464 in the set off of 16 kills, both match-highs.


UP NEXT:  The Pioneers will face Eastern Illinois at 6 p.m. to conclude the Pioneer Classic.  The Panthers defeated UC Davis in straight sets in the first match of the day.


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