Senior Night a Success as Denver Sweeps Omaha
All five seniors see action on the floor in final regular-season home match
Nov. 8, 2016
DENVER – As five seniors stepped onto the court for what would be their final regular-season home match and the Summit League schedule in its final week, the University of Denver volleyball team ended the night on a high note with a win over Omaha in straight sets, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-19.
Both offenses were on display in the match as Denver (20-6, 12-2 SL) smashed 40 kills with only eight errors for a .323 clip, while UNO (7-22, 4-11 SL) kept what pace they could with 38 kills on 13 errors for a .229 look. Okoye led DU’s offense with nine kills and no errors for a staggering .750 mark, with Becca Latham adding eight kills and Basey and Kayla Principato rounded out the quartet with six kills each.
Domme and Piyusha Boteju had plenty of options to choose from as Boteju tallied 18 assists and seven digs to Domme’s 12 assists and four digs. Corrujedo had a hand in the back line, scooping 11 attacks from the Mavs, while Cassidy Rooke and Andrea Eddy took over serving duties with three aces apiece.
UNO was led by Kayla Torson, who ended with 11 kills and seven digs, while Sydney O’Shaughnessy paced the attack with 30 assists and Ashley Smith notched 13 digs on the evening.
The offenses were on full display in the opening set as Denver had no errors on 29 attempts for a .517 clip, while Omaha posted a .286 mark behind 14 kills and four errors.
Okoye powered home four kills, followed by three each from Principato and Latham.
UNO forced a tie at 3-3 at first, but it was as close as the visitors would get as DU fired off a 13-3 run and cruised the rest of the way to a 25-17 final.
Both offenses stayed in gear as the Mavericks hit .282 with only three errors, but the Pioneers outpaced them with only one error for a .351 percentage.
Basey posted four kills, while Corrujedo tallied three as Okoye and Latham added two.
The set went back-and-forth initially as nine separate ties punctuated the frame en route to an evened 17-17 look. Denver took a two-point lead at 19-17 and never surrendered the advantage, closing the stanza with eight of the 11 points for a 25-20 final.
The defenses finally made an appearance in the final set as the Mavs hit .114 thanks to 17 digs and a block from the home team, while DU swatted .121 with the visitors putting up four blocks and 13 digs.
Okoye was a perfect 3-for-3 on her attacks in the set as Latham followed suit with three kills of her own.
The teams traded points again in the early portions as the Pioneers forced a 6-6 tie and rode the wave of a 10-1 run to a 14-7 lead halfway through. The Mavericks narrowed the gap to 16-12 and again at 19-15, but Denver remained stoic and held on for a 25-19 final.
With the win, Denver now sits a full game ahead of South Dakota for the top spot in the Summit League after USD fell to Fort Wayne in three sets over the weekend.
The Pioneers will travel to Vermillion, S.D., this Friday, November 11, and will take on the Coyotes at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center starting at 5 p.m. MT.
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