Women's Volleyball


Denver Falls to [1] Minnesota in Straight Sets

Sept. 7, 2017


AUSTIN, Texas—
  The University of Denver women’s volleyball team fell to the No. 1 ranked Minnesota Gophers (6-0) in straight sets (16-25, 19-25, 13-25) Thursday morning at the American Campus Classic, its first loss of the season. 

Kayla Principato and Teal Schnurr led the Pioneers (6-1) with seven kills, while Becca Latham added six kills in her homecoming.  Piyusha Boteju and Ellie Anderson paced the Pioneers in the assist category with 11 and 10, respectively.  Boteju also recorded a service ace in the match, one of two that Denver tallied overall (Olivia Novotny recorded the other).  Tina Boe registered one solo block and three assisted blocks to lead DU in total blocks, and Cassidy Rooke had the most digs in the match for Denver with 12.

As a team, Denver hit .066 with 29 total kills, 25 assists, 38 digs, six total team blocks and two service aces.

Set One:  Denver got out to a slow start, with the Gophers scoring the first five points of the match, prompting a timeout by the Pioneers.  The Pioneers recorded its first point off of a service error by Minnesota, and then made it 5-3 on two more errors by the Gophers. Denver got as close as 7-5 early on with a kill from Principato, but Minnesota went on a 7-2 run (kills by Rooke and Latham) to make it 14-7, leading to another DU timeout. As the set progressed, the lead fluctuated between seven and eight, although at one point the Pioneers cut it to six at 21-15 and 22-16, but the Gophers ultimately took the set 25-16. DU hit .194 in the set, with three kills by Latham, two assists each by Rooke, Boteju and Anderson, and Boe leading the team in total blocks with two (one solo, one assisted).



Set Two: This was the closest set in the match, with six ties and three lead changes, ending with Minnesota taking the set 25-19. Boteju opened up the set with a service ace, and Denver leading 7-5 and 8-6 early on, but the lead didn’t last long as the Gophers went on 5-0 run to make it 11-8 in its favor to take control of the set. Denver pulled as close as 13-11 and later 15-12, but ultimately, Minnesota kept a comfortable cushion before taking the set 25-19.  Emma Willis, Schnurr and Principato had three kills apiece in the set to lead the Pioneers, while Anderson and Boteju once again led the team in assists with five each. Novotny added an ace to make it 7-5 Minnesota, her third of the season.  The Pioneers had four assisted blocks in the set, with blocks from Cassie Baird and Boe and Principato and Willis. As a team, DU hit .154 with 13 kills.   

Set Three:  Like the first set, Minnesota scored the first five points of the set, which led to a DU timeout.  Willis scored the first point of the set for the Crimson and Gold off of a kill, but the momentum resided with the Gophers throughout the set. Minnesota scored the last seven points of the set to close out the match 25-13.  The Pioneers only recorded seven kills in the set, with Latham, Schnurr and Principato each having two. Willis had the other kill. Boteju led in assists with four and Anderson had the remaining three assists. Baird and Boe once again teamed up to register a block, the lone one for DU in the set.  Rooke had eight of the team’s 17 digs to lead in that category.

UP NEXT: The Pioneers will play host Texas, who is ranked No. 5 in the country, at 6 p.m. MT tonight.  The match will be broadcast live on the Longhorn Network.

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