Oct. 13, 2017
VOLL v Western Illinois (13 OCT 17) - Highlights
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DENVER— The University of Denver women’s volleyball team defeated Western Illinois in straight sets (25-11, 25-23, 25-18) on Friday night at Hamilton Gymnasium.
With the win, not only does DU move to 13-5 (4-2 Summit) on the season, but the Pioneers remain a perfect 9-0 against the Leathernecks, without dropping a single set. Western Illinois fell to 6-14 and 1-5 in league play with the loss.
Denver debuted a new lineup for the match with Cassie Baird, Cassidy Rooke, Becca Latham, Tina Boe, Emma Willis, Teal Schnurr, and Ellie Anderson getting the start. It was the first career start for Anderson.
Latham led the Crimson and Gold with 11 kills, while Boe hit .769 in the match (10-0-13). Piyusha Boteju led in assists with 21, and Rooke paced the Pioneers in digs with 12. Willis had six total blocks (one solo and five assisted) and four players had two service aces in the match (Baird, Anderson, Boteju and Rooke).
As a team, the Pioneers hit .300 in the match, with 45 kills, 41 assists, 50 digs, eight total team blocks and 10 service aces.
“It’s fantastic to be back at DU in Hamilton Gymnasium,” said head coach Tom Hogan. “Our team played great on defense and we served well tonight.
“We continue to improve on the offense side, and we look forward to the challenge that we have this Sunday as we face a very good South Dakota team.”
Set One: Denver used three 4-0 runs in the opening set to win by a score of 25-11. After three ties at one, three and four, Denver went on a 4-0 run to go in front 8-4, and from there it was all Pioneers. Denver led by as much as 12 at 21-9, after another 4-0 run, before WIU ended the run with two-straight points to make it 21-11. However, that was all the points the Leathernecks would score in the set, as Denver closed the scoring on another 4-0 run. Boe led the Pioneers with five kills, hitting .833 (5-0-6), and Boteju assisted on seven points. Baird had six digs in the frame, and Boe and Schnurr combined for the lone block in the set for Denver. The Pioneers had six service aces in the first set, with two from Rooke (back-to-back) and back-to-back aces from Anderson and one each from Baird and Boteju. Denver started off the match strong hitting .522 behind 13 kills. The Pioneers continue to be perfect in opening sets at home, winning the opening set in each of their eight home contests thus far.
Set Two: The second set proved to be much different than the first, with nine ties and two lead changes in the frame. Denver scored first three points of the set, but Western Illinois went on a 6-3 run to tie the set at six. There would be another tie at 10 before WIU used a 3-0 run to take a 13-11 lead, leading to a Denver timeout. Out of the timeout, DU scored two-straight points to tie the set at 13. There were two more ties at 17 and 18, at which point Denver went on a 3-1 run to pull ahead 21-19. The Leathernecks fought back to tie the set at 21, and there would be another tie at 22 before DU finished the set with another 3-1 run behind kills from Kayla Principato, Boe and Baird to win 25-23. Latham had six kills, while Anderson had seven of her 15 total assists in the set. Willis controlled the net with three assisted blocks, combining twice with Latham and once with Principato. Rooke added six more digs to her evening’s total. Denver cooled down to hit .225 in the set behind 16 kills.
Set Three: The third set followed suit with the second set, as there were four ties and three lead changes, all of which happened early in the set. Latham and Willis had two more assisted blocks early in the frame to start the scoring for Denver. WIU went ahead 4-3 before DU used a 4-0 run to go up 7-4. The Leathernecks would pull within one at 7-6, but a 5-0 run provided some cushion, putting DU ahead 12-6. A Pioneer attack error ended the run, although the scoring continued on the next point and would continue for the proceeding five points after that as the lead grew to 18-7. Denver was up 20-9 before WIU used a 7-1 run to cut into the lead at 21-16, prompting a Denver timeout. Denver scored the next three points out of the timeout with two kills from Becca Mau to set up match point at 24-16. Western Illinois fought off two set and match points before Boe ended the set and the match with a kill. Mau had four kills in the final set to lead the Pioneers. Boteju closed the match with eight more assists in set three, while adding another service ace and three digs. Taylor Loyd provided three digs and a service ace in the set, her first ace of the season. Denver had four total team blocks with Willis having a solo block, and combining with Latham for two more blocks. Principato and Boe also teamed up for an assisted block. DU hit .243 in the set, with 16 more kills.
UP NEXT: Denver concludes the weekend with a matchup against South Dakota on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT. The Coyotes swept South Dakota State on Friday night, and enter the match with a 11-7 (5-1 Summit) record. Sunday's match will be this year's Pink Match and all fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink.
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