DU Sweeps NDSU to Close Out Weekend Matches
The Pioneers take down the Bison 25-21, 25-14, 25-18 for their fifth-consecutive win
Oct. 29, 2017
The victory improves the Pioneers to 17-5 (8-2 Summit) and drops the Bison to 15-8 (6-5 Summit). The Pioneers have won their last five matches, four of which were straight-set wins.
As a team, DU hit .339 in the match, while holding NDSU to .147. Denver had 48 kills, 43 assists, 53 digs, seven total blocks, outperforming North Dakota State in all of the categories. DU added two service aces in the match.
Becca Latham once again led the Pioneers with 13 kills, while Teal Schnurr also had double-digit kills with 10. Ellie Anderson had another double-double, her third of the season, behind 23 assists and 13 digs, leading the team in assists. For the fifth match in-a-row, Anderson also recorded a service ace, bringing her season total to a team-high 23. Tina Boe also had a service ace for the Pioneers, her fourth of the season. Piyusha Boteju had 14 assists of her own in the match. Latham added two solo blocks and assisted on two blocks to lead the team in total blocks. Cassidy Rooke had a team-high 18 digs in the match.
Set One: The match started out with a set filled with three ties and two lead changes. There were a series of alternating 2-0 and 3-0 runs early on, resulting in DU going ahead 7-5. NDSU pulled within one at 17-16, 18-17 and 19-18, but Denver used a 4-0 run late in the set to make it 23-18 DU. Willis gave Denver set point with a kill at 24-19. NDSU fought off two set points before Willis put the set away with another kill down the middle for the DU 25-21 win. Denver hit .410 behind 18 kills. Willis had four kills in the set, with eight assists from Anderson, and seven digs from Rooke. Blocking up front, Cassie Baird recorded a solo block and Boe and Kayla Principato combined for a solo block. Boe also had the lone service ace in the set for the Pioneers. Denver has won the first set of each of its 11 home matches, going 10-1 overall.
Set Two: DU had the first four points of the set with a kill and a block from Latham, and a kill from Schnurr, and never trailed. After NDSU made it 6-5, Denver used a 5-0 run to stretch the lead to 11-5, and later had a 4-0 run to pull away at 18-8. The Bison scored three-straight points late in the set to cut into the lead at 21-13, but from there, DU closed on a 4-1 run, including scoring the final three points of the set, to take the set 25-14 and a 2-0 match lead. Denver hit .216 (13-5-37) in the frame, while North Dakota State hit -.086 (8-11-35). Anderson had seven of the team’s 11 assists, and Latham added four more kills to lead the Crimson and Gold. Anderson, Rooke and Macy Carrabine each had three digs for the Pioneers. Latham had a solo block, while Baird and Boe, and Latham and Willis, each combined for a block.
Set Three: After scoring the first point of the set on a Latham kill, NDSU scored the next four points to take an early 4-1 lead. DU fought back to get within one several times early on in the set, before they went on a 4-0 run to take the lead at 11-9. From that point onward, it was all Denver, building up to a seven point lead at 23-16, 24-17 and finally 25-18. Schnurr recorded the final point of the match with a kill off of an Anderson assist. Latham closed the match with six kills in the final set, Anderson had seven digs and eight (of the team’s 16) assists, and Rooke had eight digs to propel the Pioneers to victory. Latham was also a force at the net, combining with Willis for another block, and added her second solo block of the match. Denver hit .389 in the set behind 17 kills.
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