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Denver Falls to San Diego State 3-1

Sept. 16, 2017

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Box Score

DENVER— The University of Denver women’s volleyball team concluded non-conference play and the Denver Invitational with a 3-1 loss to San Diego State. DU won the first set 25-20, but lost the next three sets and the match (25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 26-28).

Denver falls to 9-3 with the loss, while San Diego State improved to 6-7.

Kayla Principato led the Pioneers with 16 kills in the match, while Emma Willis had 10. Piyusha Boteju tied a season-high with 29 assists and Ellie Anderson had 18 for Denver. Cassidy Rooke led the team with 16 digs, and Tina Boe set a career-high with 10 total blocks (two solo, eight assisted). Boe and Anderson also had a career-highs in kills with eight and three, respectively. Cassie Baird, Rooke, Willis, Olivia Novotny and Ellie Anderson all recorded a service ace in the match.

As a team, DU hit .231 with 56 kills, 54 assists, 51 digs, 14 total team blocks (three solo, 22 assisted) and five service aces.

Becca Latham and Principato were named to the Denver Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Set One: DU scored the first four points of the match due to two kills by Willis and two Aztec errors.  San Diego State would come back to tie the set at 5 and from there it was a series of ties. There were 10 ties and four lead changes in all.  The set was tied at 16 when SDSU pulled ahead with a kill, but Denver proceeded to go on a 5-0 run to take the 21-17 lead. The Aztecs and Pioneers would exchange 2-0 runs before DU closed the set on a 2-1 run to take the set 25-20.  Willis started out the match hitting .857 (6-0-7) to lead the Pioneers in the set.   Boteju and Anderson each had seven assists, and Rooke had the lone service ace in the set between either team. DU recorded three total team blocks, all assisted (two from Boe/ Latham and one from Principato/Willis). Denver hit .444 with 14 kills in the set.  It was the first time that DU has won the first set but lost the match, having entered the match 7-0.

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.

Denver Invitational All-Tournament Team

MVP: Deja Harris, San Diego State
Alexis Cage, San Diego State
Ashlynn Dunbar, San Diego State
Becca Latham, Denver
Kayla Principato, Denver
Chapin Gray, Gonzaga
Chelsea Doyle, UC Riverside

UP NEXT:  Denver begins conference play against Fort Wayne next Sunday at home, with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m. MT.  

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