Pioneers Outpace Leathernecks in Sweep
Denver hits .376 with 10 aces and eight blocks while holding WIU to a .075 mark
Oct. 23, 2016
MACOMB, Ill. – Every aspect of the University of Denver volleyball team was on display today, taking its second sweep in as many matches on the week with a win over Western Illinois at 25-12, 25-23 and 25-12.
The Pioneers (16-6, 8-2 SL) hit .376 as a team, coupled with 10 service aces and eight team blocks to hold the Leathernecks (4-22, 1-9 SL) to a .075 clip.
Kayla Principato led the offense for Denver with 10 kills and a .471 mark, Monique Domme and Cassie Baird dominated the service line with four aces each, Emma Willis led the presence on the net with five block assists and the duo of Moni Corrujedo and Cassidy Rooke led the back line with 10 digs apiece.
Baird and Corrujedo had a hand on the offense as well with nine and eight kills, respectively, while Domme split setter duties, totaling 21 assists, while her teammate Piyusha Boteju added 17.
Denver seemingly had no gaps on the defensive side of the net as Claire Grove led WIU with five kills and 10 digs, while Makenzie Bouse paced the Leatherneck attack with 11 assists.
DU hit a blistering .407 in the opener and used two team blocks and 14 digs to keep the Leathernecks to a .042 clip.
Principato led the way with five kills and no errors, followed by three kills from Okoye and two each from Corrujedo and Becca Latham.
Denver opened the set on a 4-1 run, used a 7-2 run for a 14-6 lead midway through and closed on a 7-1 run for the 25-12 final.
The Pioneers hit .270 and still outpaced Western Illinois’ clip of .194 behind two DU blocks.
Baird found the groove with six kills, while Corrujedo added three and Willis and Principato tallied two.
DU opened up on another big run, up 7-2 early in the set, but WIU fought back to force the first tie at 8-8. The teams traded points from there with neither side gaining the upper hand and Western Illinois holding a 13-12 lead. An 8-1 Pioneer run gave the visitors some breathing room at 20-14, but the Leathernecks were not discouraged as they stayed within striking distance at 22-19.
Denver would not be denied in the set, however, as they endured a furious comeback attempt after holding the set point at 24-23 and closed the frame at 25-23 behind Principato’s seventh kill of the match.
DU utilized the multi-pronged attack, hitting .524 in the final frame with 14 kills and three errors coupled with four team blocks, while the Leathernecks were held to a -.100 clip in the set.
Corrujedo, Principato and Willis each posted three blocks, while Baird and Latham both added two.
The Pioneers held the narrow lead early in the stanza at 8-6 with the home team close behind at 12-9 midway through. The difference in the match, though, came on a 13-3 run from DU to complete the sweep over the Leathernecks, cruising to a 25-12 final.
Denver returns to Hamilton Gymnasium for its final four-match homestand of the regular season, starting with a revenge match against Fort Wayne on Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. MT.
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