Women's Volleyball


Pioneers Visit San Diego to Compete in Aztec Invitational on Friday

Aug. 24, 2016

 Aztec Invitational
 Date & Time  Friday, August 26 at 6 p.m. MT / Saturday, August 27 at 2 & 8 p.m. MT
 Location  Peterson Gym (San Diego, Calif.)
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• The Pioneers are the preseason favorites to win the Summit League once again after finishing the 2015 campaign with a 27-8 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in Summit League play
• Denver garnered eight first place votes out of nine total for 64 points in the poll.

• Denver is fresh off its second straight Summit League regular-season and tournament championships after besting Omaha in a thrilling five-set comeback to clinch the tournament title at Hamilton Gymnasium
• DU will again host the 2016 Summit League Championships Nov. 18-20

• Last December, Tom Hogan was named the seventh head coach in DU volleyball history since the program’s inception in 1983
• Hogan spent the past four seasons with Denver as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before moving into the associate head coach role prior to the 2015 season.

• Senior Ruth Okoye and junior Kayla Principato were named as ‘Players to Watch’ in the Summit League Preseason Poll thanks to their outstanding finishes in the 2015 campaign
• Okoye finished as the 2015 Summit League Tournament MVP and ended the season with 127 total blocks, second best on the team, and 221 kills on a .303 swing percentage
• Principato led the way with 323 kills on a .264 mark, third with 100 total blocks, and will be the lone Denver returner from the first team All-Summit League.

• Seniors Moni Corrujedo and Monique Domme are back as Corrujedo finished third with 259 kills on a .192 hitting percentage, while Domme split time at setter to tally 740 assists at 6.07 per set
• Juniors Cassie Baird, Cassidy Rooke, and Piyusha Boteju are back in the mix as well, with Baird concluding the 2015 season with an honorable mention All-Summit League spot on 244 kills and a .215 clip
• Rooke led the Summit League with 574 digs at 4.48 per set and garnered a Defensive Player of the Week nomination coupled with her NCAA ranking of 38th in total digs
• Boteju was the other half of the dual-setter combo as she ended with 577 assists at 5.25 per set to go with 213 digs.

• The Pioneers return 13 total letterwinners with senior Nola Basey and sophomore Becca Latham coming back
• Basey finished with 142 kills on a .191 clip in the 2015 season to go with 176 digs, while Latham earned a spot on the Summit League All-Freshman team after she closed out the year with 140 kills to go with a .236 mark and 55 total blocks
• Added depth will come in the form of senior defensive specialist Kelly Morton, redshirt sophomore defensive specialist Taylor Loyd, sophomore defensive specialist Olivia Novotny, and sophomore middle blocker Emma Willis.

• Three new faces will grace the 2016 squad as Shannon Geraty (RSH, 6-4, Dove Canyon, Calif. / Saddleback Valley Christian HS), Hannah Erwin (S, 5-11, Conroe, Texas / The Woodlands College Park) and Andrea Eddy (S, 6-0, Evergreen, Colo. / Evergreen HS) will make the transition to Division I volleyball
• Geraty led her high school to the state tournament her final two seasons while named as the CIF Southern Section Division 3 Player of the Year and San Joaquin League Player of the Year
• Erwin was named the District Setter of the Year and a Greater Houston All-Star her senior year at The Woodlands College Park
• Eddy led Evergreen H.S. to their first state tournament appearance since 1998 and finished fourth while she earned her fourth straight first-team All-Conference selection and a first-team All-State selection.

• Denver reached its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 with a match against Washington, but felt the sting of the defeat in straight sets as the Huskies ended DU’s run in the postseason
• The Pioneers also made the NCAA Tournament in 2014 with an opening-round match against Colorado State, but were also dealt a straight-set loss to the Rams to end the postseason





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