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DU Makes it Seven in a Row with Win Over Omaha

Nov. 5, 2017

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DENVER--
Just like in the previous match against Omaha, the University of Denver women's volleyball team dropped the first set, but won the match in four sets (17-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16) on Sunday afternoon in Hamilton Gymnasium.

The win marks the seventh straight win for the Pioneers and moved them to 19-5 on the season and 10-2 in the Summit League.  The loss dropped the Mavericks to 9-16 overall and 6-6 in league play.

Prior to the match, seven DU seniors were celebrated, but once the action started, the celebrating didn't stop. Denver had three players with double-digit kills, led by 13 from Becca Latham.  Senior Kayla Principato had 12 and graduate student Teal Schnurr had 11. Both Ellie Anderson and senior Piyusha Boteju had 20-plus assists, with 27 and 24, respectively.  Senior Cassidy Rooke had 17 digs to lead DU, while Macy Carrabine also had double-digits with 12 digs of her own.  Senior Cassie Baird had a team-high three service aces, and Latham had four total blocks for Denver.

The Pioneers hit .331 in the match with 60 kills, 58 assists, 62 digs, six service aces and five team blocks.  The Crimson and Gold outperformed the Mavericks in every statistical category, holding the visitors to a .209 clip, 46 kills, 42 assists, 52 digs, four team blocks and four service aces.

Set One:  After the set was tied at one, it was all Omaha and Denver was never able to get back in the set. Omaha got out to an early four-point lead at 9-5, forcing Denver to call a timeout. Out of the break, DU was able to get within three at 9-6 and 11-8, at which point Omaha used a 3-0 run to take a 14-8 lead. The Mavericks went on another run, this time 4-0, to extend their lead to 18-10. DU couldn't close the gap beyond six points and Omaha won the opening set by a score of 25-17. The Pioneers dropped the first set at home for the first time this season.  They hit .000 with 11 kills and 11 errors on 36 attempts.  Latham had four of the kills, Anderson had five assists, Rooke had three digs and there were six assisted blocks for DU.  Latham had three assisted blocks, combining with Emma Willis on two and Tina Boe on one.

Set Two:  The Pioneers took the first point of the second set, and got out to an early 4-2 lead.  Two ties and two lead changes. The Mavericks pulled within one a couple of times early on, but DU was able to build a four-point lead after some great digs by Boteju and Carrabine kept the play alive for a Principato kill to make it 9-5 Pioneers.  That lead would get back down to one at 9-8 before the Pioneers scored three straight points to go back up by four at 12-8.  The lead extended to five later on at 17-12 after a Schnurr kill, forcing a timeout by Omaha. Out of the timeout, Omaha got two points to pull within three, but DU responded with a 4-0 run to go ahead 21-14. Omaha used a 3-0 run to get back within four; however, they couldn't get any closer as DU finished the set on a 4-2 run to take the set 25-19 and even the match at one. Denver hit .375 in the set with 16 kills, including four from Boe. Anderson and Boteju each had seven of the team's 16 total assists, and Rooke once again led in digs with eight. Latham and Willis had another block, and Principato added to her stat sheet with a solo block in the set. Boteju, Baird and Boe each had a service ace in the frame.

Set Three:  In the pivotal third set, DU set the tone early and led wire-to-wire en route to the 25-15 win. The Pioneers scored the first four points of the set behind another Baird service ace, kills by Willis and Schnurr and a Maverick attack error.  They built a 6-1 lead that grew to 10-2 after a 4-0 run by the Pioneers off of two more kills by Schnurr, a Boteju service ace and another Omaha attack error. Omaha went on a 4-0 run of its own to pull within three at 12-9, but DU went on a 6-3 run to push the lead back out to 18-12. They added a 5-0 run down the stretch to make it a 10-point lead at 24-14, with Principato having three straight kills to make it 23-14.  A kill by Willis gave DU set point at 24-14 and Principato put the set away at 25-15 with another kill, her fifth of the set.  DU bookended the set by closing on another 6-1 run.  The Pioneers hit a match-high .667 with 17 kills, including five each from Principato and Schnurr who both hit .833 in the frame (5-0-6).  Boteju and Anderson both contributed eight assists (the team had 17 total in the set), and Carrabine had four digs to lead Denver.

Set Four: The Pioneers entered the match with a perfect 7-0 record when leading 2-1 after three sets. DU went ahead early with a 3-1 lead, but Omaha tied the set at three. Denver would take the lead and Omaha would take the next point to tie the set which occurred up to seven all, at which point, DU went on a 3-0 run to pull in front 10-7 and took the lead for good.  Omaha got back to within a point of DU, but kills from Willis, Baird and Principato propelled a 3-0 run to put the Pioneers back up 18-14.  From there, Omaha would only get two more points in the set, as Denver closed the match on a 7-2 run, including the last five points of the set. On the final point, senior Taylor Loyd served the ball and tallied a dig, which eventually led to senior Becca Mau getting the final kill of the match to give DU the set at 25-16 and the win.  Denver hit .394 in the final frame with 16 kills.  Latham led the way with five kills, Anderson had seven assists, Rooke had four digs, and Baird added another service ace.

UP NEXT:  The Pioneers completed their regular season home schedule with a 12-1 record, and will have two final regular season Summit League matches next week on the road. They travel to South Dakota (15-9, 9-3 Summit) next Friday before facing Western Illinois (7-18, 2-9 Summit) on Sunday. 

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