Pioneers Continue Winning Ways with Victory over Mastodons
After dropping the first set, DU took the next three sets to win the match
Oct. 21, 2017
The victory moves Denver to 15-5 overall and 6-2 in the Summit League, while the loss drops Fort Wayne to 11-14 and 3-6, respectively.
Four Pioneers recorded double-figures in kills, with Kayla Principato leading the team with 13. Teal Schnurr had a career-high 12 and Becca Latham and Emma Willis each had 11. Ellie Anderson had a career-high 28 assists, while Piyusha Boteju contributed 23 assists. Cassidy Rooke had 18 digs for the Pioneers, as DU also had four players in double-figures in that category. Cassie Baird had 12, and Anderson and Boteju each had 10, to give both Anderson and Boteju double-doubles in the match. It was Anderson's second, and Boteju's eighth, of the season. Anderson also added a team-high three service aces, a career-high. Tina Boe led the team at the net with seven total blocks, all assisted.
Set One: Neither team was able to create separation in the set, with 19 ties and nine lead changes. DU led 21-20 and 22-21 late in the set, but was unable to put away Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne pulled in front 23-22, at which point Principato got the kill to tie the set at 23. A Pioneer service error and attack error gave the Mastodons the final two points to win the opening set at 25-23. Denver hit .089 with 12 kills and eight errors from 45 attempts. Latham and Principato each had four kills in the opening set, and Rooke led the team with nine digs. She also had the lone service ace between both teams. Anderson assisted on six points and Boteju had the remaining five assists in the set for DU. Schnurr had two solo blocks and combined with Boe for a block to lead Denver at the net. Boe combined on two additional blocks with Principato and Latham.
Set Two: Fort Wayne jumped out to a 3-1 lead before DU went on a 3-0 run to go ahead 4-3. There were ties at four, five, eight, 10 and 11, at which point Denver went on a 6-2 run for a 17-13 advantage. The Pioneer lead fluctuated between three and four points from 17-14 DU to 20-16 DU, until Denver stretched the lead to five with an Anderson service ace to make it 21-16. The Mastodons got as close as 23-19, but a Schnurr kill and Fort Wayne attack error evened the match at a set apiece with the Denver 25-19 set victory. As a team, DU hit .552 with a match-high 18 kills, two errors and 29 attempts. Schnurr had six kills in the set and hit .750 to pace the Pioneers. Boteju had eight assists in the frame and Baird had four digs. Schnurr and Boe had the lone block in the set for the Crimson and Gold. Baird and Anderson each had a service ace, the only two between both teams.
Set Three: The Pioneers took an early 5-1 lead and never looked back. The Mastodons got as close as 9-7 in the early stages of the set, but DU used a 9-2 run to stretch the lead out to 18-9. Fort Wayne never got closer than seven points at 18-11, with the lead getting as large as 10 after an Anderson service ace made it 24-14. A Latham kill closed the set at 25-15 and gave DU the 2-1 match advantage. Denver hit .394 in the set with 16 kills, with Schnurr and Principato each having four kills. Anderson added eight assists and two service aces in the set. Rooke and Boteju had three digs to lead the Pioneers, and Principato and Latham combined for a block. It was the only block in the set between the two teams.
Set Four: Much like the third set, Denver gained an early lead at 3-2, and held on to the lead for the remainder of the set. Fort Wayne fought back to tie the set at seven, but DU went on a 4-2 run to go in front 11-9. The Mastodons pulled within one several of times throughout the set at 11-10, 12-11 and 17-16, but each time, the Pioneers took the next point to create separation. DU was ahead 20-16 when Fort Wayne scored consecutive points to pull within two at 20-18. From that point on, Denver took five of the next six points behind kills from Baird, and two each from Willis and Latham, to close the set and the match with a 25-19 set victory. Denver hit .342 in the final set with 15 kills. Willis led the set with five kills, hitting .714, and Anderson closed the match with seven assists in the frame. Rooke led the set with five digs and a service ace. Willis and Principato combined for two blocks, Boe had an assisted block with Latham, and another with Principato, and Willis and Latham had a block for a total of five team blocks.
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