Sept. 13, 2017
| Game 1: Gonzaga (4-5, 0-0 West Coast Conference) vs. Denver (7-2, 0-0 Summit), Game 2: UC Riverside (7-2, 0-0 Big West) vs. Denver (7-2, 0-0 Summit), Game 3: San Diego State (4-6, 0-0 Mountain West ) vs. Denver (7-2, 0-0 Summit)
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|| Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. MT/ Saturday, Sept. 16 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. MT
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THE COMEBACK KIDS
• Facing set point at 24-22 in the second set against the College of Charleston, the Pioneers rallied to score the next four points to win the set 26-24, behind kills from Kayla Principato, Becca Latham and Teal Schnurr.
• In the third set against Charleston, DU was down 23-20 before they stringed together five-straight points to close out the set 25-23. Tina Boe, Latham (2) and Schnurr led the charge with kills down the stretch.
• In the third set against UC Davis, the Pioneers were down 22-19, but went on a 7-2 run to close the set and win 26-24.
• Denver showed its resiliency in the second set against No. 5 Texas, going on a 10-3 run to go from down 18-11 to tying the set at 21. There were two more ties at 22 and 23 before Texas closed out the set with the final two points.
•Down 22-17 in the third set against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Pioneers rallied behind back-to-back kills from Boe, three kills from Latham, two errors by the Islanders, and a service ace by Schnurr to take the set 25-23. DU closed the set on an 8-1 run to go up 2-1 in the match.
• In the fourth set against the Islanders, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi went on a 5-0 run to take a 17-16 lead, and would push the lead to 20-17 before Denver called a timeout. The lead would fluctuate between two and three points, reaching 23-21 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, before Denver went on a 2-0 run tie the set at 23. From there, it was an exchange of points, with ties at 24, 25 and 26 before a service error by the Islanders and a kill by Lydia Bartalo gave the Pioneers the set at 28-26 and the match at 3-1.
• DU has four players with over 50 kills, with Latham leading the team with 98 through nine matches. Principato is second on the team at 90, Cassie Baird sits at 56, and Schnurr has 53.
• Denver had four players with 10-plus kills against USC Upstate with Latham (14), Principato (12), Bartalo (10) and Schnurr (10). Against UC Davis, DU had three players with 10 kills by Baird, Principato and Latham.
• Latham had a career-high 16 kills against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
• The Pioneers have 413 kills to date with a hitting percentage of .238.
WE’LL HAVE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE PLEASE
• The Pioneers had four double-doubles in the opening-weekend, with Piyusha Boteju recording two.
• Boteju had 29 assists and 10 digs against USC Upstate, and then had 28 assists and 11 digs later in the day against the College of Charleston. She now has 14 double-doubles in her career.
• Baird had 10 kills and 10 digs against Charleston, the fourth of her career. Bartalo had 10 kills and 12 digs in her second match as a Pioneer against USC Upstate.
• Boteju added another double-double against Niagara with 19 assists and 20 digs (a career-high).
• Baird recorded a double-double against UC Davis with 10 kills and 11 digs.
• Boteju (20 assists, 11 digs) and Ellie Anderson (22 assists, 10 digs) both recorded double-doubles against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. It was Anderson’s first as a Pioneer.
BLOCK IT UP
• In the second set against the College of Charleston, the Pioneers teamed up to score three points in a row on blocks. Latham and Willis assisted on two blocks, while Willis and Bartalo teamed up on the other.
• DU has 71.5 total blocks through nine matches (2.31 blocks/ set),
with Willis leading the team with 36 total blocks (three solo, 33 assisted).
• Willis had a season-high 10 assisted blocks in the win against Eastern Illinois. She is the only DU player to reach double-figures in blocks in a game this year.
THE HONOR IS ALL OURS
•Principato was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 28 for her performance in Charleston.
• Latham was named the Pioneer Classic MVP, and Boteju and Boe were named to the All-Tournament Team.
• Latham was named to the All-Tournament team at the American Campus Classic after having 29 kills in the three matches.
• In their first season as DU Pioneers, the freshmen have made an immediate impact.
• Anderson is tied for second on the team in service aces with six. Bartalo is fourth on the team in digs with 54, Boe is second on the team in total blocks at 30 (two solo, 28 assisted) and third in hitting percentage (.238), Anderson is second on the team in assists (126) and fifth in digs (45), and Macy Carrabine is fifth on the team in assists (11).
LEAD THE WAY
• Along with Latham (kills) and Willis (total blocks), Boteju leads the team in assists (176), Cassidy Rooke leads the team in digs (96), and Latham in points scored (107).
REACHING NEW LEVELS
• Denver’s 6-0 start was the best start in program history, surpassing the 5-0 start in 2014.
• Through Sept. 5, the Pioneers were only one of 29 undefeated teams.
• Boteju recorded her 500th career dig and Latham registered her 400th career kill in the match against Niagara.
• Baird registered her 500th career kill in the first set against Texas.
• Denver played a No. 1 ranked team for the first time in school history when it faced Minnesota.
• Denver owns a 64-10 home record in the Hamilton Gymnasium over the past six seasons, including a perfect 18-0 in 2015.
• Last season, the Pioneers protected home court with a 14-1 record, losing only to Utah State in a non-conference contest.
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