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Denver Hosts Western Illinois and South Dakota in Weekend Homestand

Oct. 11, 2017

 Denver (12-5, 3-2 Summit) vs. Western Illinois (6-13, 1-4 Summit), Denver (12-5, 3-2 Summit) vs. South Dakota (10-7, 4-1 Summit)
 Date & Time  Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. MT/ Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. MT
 Location   Hamilton Gymnasium
 Tickets  Denver Box Office
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 TV   Altitude (Sunday)
 Live Stats (WIU)  Gametracker
 Live Stats (USD)  Gametracker
 Game Info  Denver Game Notes (.pdf)   |   Western Illinois   |   South Dakota   |  Summit League
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SCOUTING THE LEATHERNECKS
Last Meeting: 10/23/16- DU 3, WIU 0
• The Leathernecks are 6-13 overall and 1-4 in league play. They are 3-6 at home.
• Western Illinois is 3-5 in three-set matches, 0-4 in four-sets and 3-4 in five-sets.
• WIU is coming off of a 3-0 loss (24-26, 22-25, 16-25) to Fort Wayne on the road.
• Mackenzie Steckler leads WIU with 181 kills (2.41 k/s) and is hitting .341 (second in the Summit League). She also leads the team in total blocks with 76 (14 solo, 62 assisted), and is second in the league in the category. The 14 solo blocks rank as the third-most in the Summit League and her 62 assisted blocks are tied for third.
• Jaime Johnson has 644 of the team's 789 assists, averaging 8.59 a/s, as well as leads the team in service aces with 12. She is fourth in the league in assists, and fifth in assists per set.
• Claire Grove leads the team with 313 digs (4.41 d/s), which is fourth in the Summit League in both categories.
• DU has never lost a set to Western Illinois.

SCOUTING THE COYOTES
Last Meeting:  11/20/16- DU 3, USD 1 (Summit League Championship)
• South Dakota is 10-7 and 4-1 in league play. They are 5-1 at home.
• The Coyotes are 4-4 in three-set matches, 3-2 in four-sets, and 3-1 in five-sets.
• They face South Dakota State on Friday evening.
• Hayley Dotseth leads the team with 203 kills (3.27 k/s) and is hitting .175.
• Brittany Jessen has 673 of the team's 776 assists, and is averaging 10.52 a/s. She ranks third in the Summit League in assists and first in assists per set.
• Anne Rasmussen has a team-high 18 service aces and 339 digs (5.30 d/s). She is second in the league in digs and digs per set.
• Leading the Coyotes in total blocks is Meagan Kerns, who has 35 (three solo, 32 assisted).

LOOKING BACK

• The Pioneers are coming off of a 3-0 loss at Oral Roberts (20-25, 17-25, 22-25).
THE COMEBACK KIDS
• There have been 10 instances so far this season in which the Pioneers came back in a set, and won in all but two of them.
• 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 strung 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. 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.
•In the fourth set against San Diego State, DU used a 6-0 run to tie the set at 19, and would fight off one match point by the Aztecs before ultimately falling 28-26.
• Down 24-20 in the first set against NDSU, DU fought off four set points and used a 5-0 run to take a 25-24 lead. After ties at 25 and 26, a Schnurr kill and Anderson service ace completed the comeback to take the set, 28-26.
• In the third set against Omaha, the Pioneers stormed back to take the set 25-23. Omaha scored the first four points of the set, and the lead would grow to 9-3. The Pioneers chipped away at the lead and cut it down to four at 13-9, before the lead would get back up to six at 17-11. The lead stretched to 19-12, but Denver answered with a 5-1 run to cut the lead to 20-17, and then cut it down to one at 22-21. The Pioneers then took a 23-22 lead and after a tie at 23, scored the last two points of the set to take the set, 25-23. After Denver was down seven points at 19-12, they closed on a 13-4 run.
• In the fourth set of the match against the Mavericks, Denver fell behind early as Omaha jumped out to a 7-4 lead and would grow the lead to 10-4. Out of a Denver timeout, the Pioneers went on a 4-0 run to make it 10-8 and had another 3-0 run to tie the set at 12. Omaha then went ahead 15-12, to which Denver answered with a 4-1 run to tie the set again at 16. After another tie at 18, the Pioneers went on a 6-0 run that took a tied set at 18 to 23-18 Denver. The Pioneers had match point at 24-21, but the Mavericks fought back to tie the set at 24, and would take a 25-24 lead on the following point. Facing set point themselves, Latham got her 17th kill of the match to tie the set at 25. A Boteju service ace and Willis and Principato block gave the Pioneers the needed two points to take the set 27-25 and the match.

KILLING IT
• DU has four players with over 100 kills, with Latham and Principato leading the team with 182 and 168, respectively. Cassie Baird has the third-most kills with 110, and Emma Willis sits at 105.
• 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. Against Gonzaga, DU had three players with 12 kills by Principato, 11 by Latham and 10 by Baird. In the first league match against Fort Wayne, Principato and Willis had 14 kills and Latham had 12.
• Latham had a career-high 17 kills in the win against Omaha and Willis had a career-high 14 kills in the win against Fort Wayne.
• The Pioneers have 797 kills with a hitting percentage of .233.

WE'LL HAVE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE PLEASE
Piyusha Boteju has had six double-doubles this season. 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. Boteju added another double-double against Niagara with 19 assists and 20 digs (a career-high). Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Boteju had 20 assists, 11 digs, and against Eastern Illinois she had 18 assists and 12 digs. In the match against Omaha, the senior had 11 assists and 13 digs.
Cassie Baird had 10 kills and 10 digs against Charleston, 10 kills and 11 digs versus UC Davis, as well as a double-double against Gonzaga with 10 kills and 10 digs. In the last match, against ORU, she led the team with 10 kills and 11 digs. She has seven in her career.
Lydia Bartalo had 10 kills and 12 digs in her second match as a Pioneer against USC Upstate.
Ellie Anderson (22 assists, 10 digs) recorded her first double-double as a Pioneer against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

BLOCK IT UP
Emma Willis leads the Summit League in blocks per set, at 1.17, and in assisted blocks (66).
•Willis is third in total blocks in the Summit League, with 70 total blocks (four solo, 66 assisted).
• DU has 138.5 total blocks through 17 matches (2.31 blocks/ set), off of 17 solo blocks and 243 assisted.
• Willis had a season-high 10 assisted blocks in the win against Eastern Illinois, and Boe had 10 total blocks against San Diego State (two solo, eight assisted). They are the only two players to reach double figures in a match this season.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY
• The Pioneers won over 20 matches and 13 league matches each of the last three seasons.
• The Pioneers have earned the regular season title with a 13-3 Summit League record the past three seasons.
• In the last three years, the Pioneers have gone 8-0 at home and 5-3 on the road in league play.
• Denver is 52-15 overall in the Summit League.

FAMILIAR SPACES
• Denver owns a 67-11 (.859) home record in 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.

The Last Meeting
Denver3
Western Illinois0
October 23, 2016
Macomb, Ill.
Pioneers Outpace Leathernecks in Sweep
MACOMB, Ill. -- Every aspect of the University of Denver volleyball team was on display today, taking its second season sweep in as many matches on the week with a win over Western Illinois at 25-12, 25-23 and 25-12.

The Last Meeting
(2) South Dakota vs. (1) Denver - Championship0
Denver3
November 20, 2016
Denver, Colo.
Pioneers Three-Peat as Summit League Champions
DENVER -- Looking for the elusive clinching set, the University of Denver volleyball team defeated South Dakota this afternoon to claim their third-straight Summit League Tournament Championship in four sets, 25-12, 25-14, 22-25 and 25-18.


 

 

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