Denver Gets Sixth Straight Win After Sweep of ORU
Pioneers prevail over the Golden Eagles 25-17, 25-21, 25-22
Nov. 3, 2017
The teams entered the match with ORU on a six match win streak and DU on a five match win streak, but in the end, the Pioneers prevailed with the 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 win.
The victory moved Denver to 18-5 on the season, but more importantly, they improved their Summit League record to 9-2. The loss dropped ORU to 13-11 overall and 10-2 in the league.
The win marks the third sweep in a row for the Pioneers, and the fifth in six matches. They have had 11 straight set wins this season. The win also marks the second time this season in which Denver has won six straight, as they went 6-0 to open up the season.
Teal Schnurr paced the Pioneers with 10 kills in the match, the only Denver player to reach double-digits. Ellie Anderson had another 20-plus assist performance, credited with 21 assists. Cassidy Rooke led the team in digs, with 10, and Cassie Baird led with two service aces in the match. Emma Willis was once again a force at the net, contributing one solo block and assisting on two blocks, while Kayla Principato had three assisted blocks of her own for DU.
As a team, the Pioneers hit .277 with 41 kills, 39 assists, 39 digs, 5.5 team blocks and four service aces. They outperformed ORU in every statistical category, with the Golden Eagles hitting .147 in the match behind 36 kills, 35 assists, 36 digs, five team blocks and two service aces.
Set One: Oral Roberts got out to an early 4-3 run, at which point Denver made a 4-0 run to take the lead 7-4, and never looked back. The Pioneers maintained a three to four point lead throughout the middle of the set, before they went on a 3-0 run to pull ahead 15-9, and later tacked on another 4-0 run that made it 19-12. The Golden Eagles weren't able to get within six of the Pioneers, and DU took the first set 25-17. Schnurr led with five of her 10 kills in the set, and hit .833 (5-0-6). Macy Carrabine had four digs and Anderson had seven assists to lead in the respective categories. Piyusha Boteju and Baird each had a service ace and Tina Boe and Principato teamed up for a block. DU opened up the match hitting .357 with 12 kills. The opening set had four ties and one lead change. The Pioneers have won the first set in each of their 12 home matches, and are 11-1 at Hamilton Gymnasium this season.
Set Two: The second set was more back-and-forth, with 13 ties and nine lead changes. Each team used a series of 3-0 runs to keep the set close early on, and throughout the set there wasn't much separation as neither team was able to pull ahead by more than a point. DU finally broke through with two consecutive points to make it 20-18 off of a Schnurr kill and ORU attack error, forcing a timeout by the Golden Eagles. Out of the break, the teams alternated points up to 22-21 DU, in which Denver got a kill from Becca Latham, an ORU attack error and a solo block from Willis to close the set on a 3-0 run for the 25-21 win. Latham led the team in kills in the second frame with four, and hit .800 (4-0-5). Anderson added four more assists and Rooke and Boteju each had four digs in the set. Willis' solo block for the final point proved to be the only block for the Crimson and Gold in the frame. DU cooled off to hit .034 in the set with 10 kills and nine errors on 29 attempts, but ORU hit .000 with 10 kills and 10 errors on 31 attempts.
Set Three: The final set proved to be just as intense as the second set, with 10 ties and four lead changes. DU took the first two points of the set by way of another ORU attack error and a Principato kill, but the lead was short-lived as ORU went on a 3-1 run to tie the set at three. The set was tied at four and five before Denver used a 3-0 run to extend the lead to 8-5. ORU later had a 3-0 run of its own to take a 11-10 advantage, but DU scored the next two points to pull back ahead 12-11. There would be ties at 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, but that would be the final time the set was all squared. DU went on a 4-0 behind a Willis kill, a Principato/Willis/ Baird block and two kills from Principato to pull away in the set at 20-16. ORU got within two at 21-19, 22-20, 23-21 and 24-22, but they were unable to close the gap. Baird recorded the final kill of the set and the match to give Denver the set at 25-22 set and the match. Principato came through with six kills to lead the Pioneers, while Becca Mau made an impact with four kills in the final set. Anderson closed the match with nine more assists and four digs to lead the team in each category in the frame. Denver had seven assisted blocks, with Principato and Willis combining for one, Boe and Baird combining for another and the Principato/Willis/Baird block. DU closed the match hitting a match-high .405 and 19 kills.
UP NEXT: Denver plays Omaha (9-15, 6-5 Summit) in its final regular season home match on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. MT. Sunday is Senior Day, where we will be honoring seven DU student-athletes prior to the match.
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