Women's Volleyball


Double-Double Fiesta Powers Pioneers’ Win over IUPUI

Oct. 1, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS – Three double-doubles punctuated the University of Denver volleyball team’s efforts this afternoon, overcoming a hard-fought opening stanza to claim the win over IUPUI in four sets at 24-26, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-14.

“I’m extremely proud of the way our team responded from Friday’s match,” said head coach Tom Hogan. “We have not won in IUPUI’s gym during conference play since joining the Summit League and to come back from a tough loss from last night speaks volumes to our team’s character.

“We are very excited to return to Denver for the next few weekend of competition in Hamilton Gymnasium.”

The Pioneers (10-5, 2-1 SL) hit .299 as a team in the match, holding the Jaguars (6-13, 2-2 SL) to a .170 clip. Denver added four service aces and seven blocks, while the Jags finished with one ace and eight blocks.

Nola Basey led DU on the offensive end, posting 14 kills at a .257 rate with 13 digs for her third double-double of the season, joined by Monique Domme and Piyusha Boteju as the setters also recorded double-doubles, with Domme finishing with 29 assists and 11 digs to Boteju’s 25 assists and 10 digs. It was also the third double-double of the season for both setters.



Emma Willis proved nigh unstoppable in the match, firing off 13 kills with no errors for a blistering .722 rate and following up with four block assists and one service ace. Becca Latham was the other Pioneer to finish with double-digit kills, ending with 10 and a .400 attack rate to go with one solo block.

Ruth Okoye and Kayla Principato each tallied nine kills, with Cassie Baird rounding out the diverse offense with seven.

Cassidy Rooke was one of five Denver players to record at least 10 digs, finishing with 24, as the Pioneers ended with 72 digs in the contest.

Gabby Fisher led all attackers in the match with 16 kills and nine digs, while Alexis Mapes steered the offense with 38 assists and helped on the defensive back with 11 digs as Jessica Helms and Elizabeth Scott matched that total with 11 digs of their own.

Set One:

DU hit .186 in the opening set with one block and two service aces, while IUPUI hit a .286 clip with two blocks.

Basey led the Pioneers with five kills in the opening frame, followed by three each from Okoye and Willis, with Baird adding two of her own.

Denver opened up the set on a 5-1 run but the Jaguars came back to take the lead at 16-15 midway through. DU responded with a 4-0 run for a 19-16 lead and held a 23-20 late advantage, but IUPUI took the set behind a 6-1 run for a 26-24 final.

Set Two:

The Pioneers found the powerful combinations in the set, hitting .517 with two errors and 17 kills to go with three blocks, while the Jaguars were held to a .094 mark.

Principato took over the reins with four kills and one block in the set, followed by three kills and two blocks from Willis, three kills from Basey, and two each from Baird, Latham and Domme.

IUPUI held an early 5-3 lead but the Pioneers rattled off a 9-2 run for a 12-7 lead near the midpoint. DU kept the pressure up, holding onto a 17-13 lead and closed out the set on an 8-2 run for a 25-15 final.

Set Three:

Denver hit .229 in the set with only one block, but the defensive effort was still apparent as the Jags were held to a .147 mark with four blocks.

It was Willis’ turn to power the offense, posting five kills and one block in the set, while Basey added four kills and one block, with three kills coming from Okoye.

The teams went back-and-forth early with the Jaguars claiming the early lead at 10-7 and built up a six-point cushion at 15-9 halfway through. Denver’s offense found another gear, though, as they rallied for a 15-5 run for a 24-20 lead late. IUPUI broke the run with two quick points but it wasn’t enough as DU held on for a 25-22 final.

Set Four:

DU capped off the win hitting .325 in the final frame along with two blocks, while IUPUI was again held below the .200 mark, owning a .133 swing percentage in the stanza, with two blocks

Latham stepped up to the net for Denver in the set, firing off five kills and one solo blocks, while Baird added three kills and the quartet of Basey, Okoye, Principato and Willis tallied two kills each.

The teams traded points in the early goings en route to a 13-12 DU lead, but the Pioneers left no room for error as they closed the match on a 12-2 run for a 25-14 final.

Up Next:

Denver will return home after a two-week hiatus and will face South Dakota State next Friday, October 7, starting at 7 p.m. MT in Hamilton Gymnasium.

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