Aug. 24, 2016
• 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
A NEW CHAPTER
• 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.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
• 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.
RETURN OF THE STARTERS
• 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.
THE FRESHMEN MENACE
• 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