Denver Falls to San Diego State 3-1
DU won the first set but lost the match (25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 26-28)
Sept. 16, 2017
Set Two: San Diego State jumped out to an early 5-2 lead over the Pioneers, but DU put together four-straight points to tie and take the 6-5 advantage. Neither team was able to pull away early on, until San Diego State went on a 3-0 run to go ahead 11-8. Denver responded with two kills from Baird, and would eventually pull even at 14 and then take a 15-14 lead, but again the Aztecs used a 3-0 run to go up 17-15. There would be five more ties at 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, but San Diego State closed the set on a 4-1 run from that point to take the set 25-22. There were 13 ties and nine lead changes in the set. DU only hit .051, with nine kills and seven errors. Denver did have five total team blocks, all assisted, with Boe assisting on three and Willis and Teal Schnurr assisting on two each. Principato had four kills in the set to lead DU, with Boteju contributing five assists. Baird and Anderson each had a service ace in the frame.
Set Three: After San Diego State scored the first point, DU had three kills from Principato to go on a 4-0 to take the lead, causing SDSU to take an early timeout. The Aztecs would come back to pull even at 10, and from there it was back-and-forth until San Diego State used three-straight points to go ahead 14-12. Denver was able to pull within two late in the set at 21-19, but the Aztecs used another 4-1 run to take the set 25-20. Denver hit .182 in the set with a match-high 17 kills. Principato once again led the team with six kills in the set, as did Boteju with 10 assists.
Set Four: Down 1-2 for the first time this season, Denver fought to try to extend the match to five sets, using a 6-0 run to go from 19-13 San Diego State to tied at 19. The Aztecs then went ahead 21-19, but DU would fight back to tie it at 22 all, and then took a 23-22 lead on an Aztec attack error. San Diego State would tie it at 23, but on the very next point, Principato got the kill to give DU set point at 24-23. The Aztecs would get the needed kill to tie the set. Latham would get the next point to again give DU the set point at 25-24, but SDSU would take the next point. SDSU would get the following point to make it 26-25. Facing set and match point themselves, Denver fought off the point due to an attack error by the Aztecs. However, two kills by the Aztecs would secure the set at 28-26 and the match for the visitors. There were eight ties and three lead changes in the final set. Principato closed the match with five more kills, and Boe and Latham added four of their own. Baird had a solo block and Boe had two solo blocks and three assisted blocks, teaming up with Baird, Principato and Becca Mau. Willis and Novotny recorded a service ace in the set. DU hit .324 with 16 kills.
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