DU Defeats UC Riverside in Straight Sets
The Pioneers win the match 25-20, 25-16, 25-12
Sept. 16, 2017
Becca Latham hit .750 to lead the team with nine kills, while Cassie Baird and Emma Willis each had eight. Baird led the team with 13 digs and Ellie Anderson had 19 assists to pace Denver. Willis tied a career-high with three service aces and also tallied seven total blocks to lead Denver in both categories.
As a team, the Pioneers .381 with 43 kills, 40 assists, 54 digs, 10 total team blocks and eight service aces.
Set One: Three early kills by Tina Boe kept the Pioneers on pace with the Highlanders in the set. A kill by Willis followed by a service ace by Willis would give DU the 11-10 lead. A 3-0 run would later put the Pioneers ahead 16-13, and it would be a lead they would hold onto for the remainder of the set. UC Riverside would take the next point to get within two points, but that was as close as they would get to the Pioneers as DU held a five point cushion for much of the later stages of the match. DU had a balanced attack in the set. Willis had 4 kills in the set to lead the Pioneers. Boe, Kayla Principato, Latham and Baird all had 3. Anderson started off the match with nine assists, and Piyusha Boteju added seven for DU. Boe/ Latham, Willis/ Baird, and Willis/ Latham combined for blocks in the opening set. Willis and Teal Schnurr added service aces to help Denver get the 1-0 set lead. The Pioneers hit .415 with 18 kills, 18 assists, three total team blocks and two service aces. There were a total of 10 ties and two lead changes in the frame. Denver is now 7-0 when winning the first set.
UP NEXT: Denver closes out the Denver Invitational against San Diego State at 7 p.m. The Aztecs (5-7) went five sets in the first match of the day against Gonzaga (4-7), winning 3-2.
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