Oct. 19, 2017
The Pioneers are 7-2 overall against the Mastodons, with a 2-2 record on the road.
Denver has used three different starting lineups thus far. Emma Willis, Cassie Baird, Tina Boe and Cassidy Rooke have started all 19 matches. Kayla Principato and Piyusha Boteju have both started 17 matches, Teal Schnurr has started 16, Becca Latham started five, and Ellie Anderson has started the last two matches.
Anderson, Baird, Boe, Latham, Rooke, Schnurr and Willis started the last two matches.
Latham started the first three matches of the season and the last two matches, with the Pioneers going 5-0 in those matches.
The Pioneers defeated the Mastadons in five sets (25-15, 21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-10) in Denver on Sept. 24.
The Pioneers hit .236 as a team, with 63 kills, 62 assists, 59 digs, five service aces and 11 total blocks.
Kayla Principato and Emma Willis led the team with 14 kills apiece, with Willis setting a career-high in the process. Piyusha Boteju had a season-high 33 assists on the afternoon to lead the team, which also tied a career-high, and Cassidy Rooke had 17 digs to pace the Crimson and Gold.
SCOUTING FORT WAYNE
Fort Wayne is currently 11-12 overall, 3-4 in league play, and 5-4 at home.
The Mastodons are coming off of a 3-0 non-conference loss to Valparaiso (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) on Oct. 17. They play Oral Roberts on Friday night.
They are 5-5 in three-set matches, 5-3 in four-sets and 1-4 in five-sets.
Nicole Rightnowar leads the team with 291 kills (3.34 k/s), the second-most in the Summit League, but is only hitting .167 (291-137-922). The junior is second on the team in service aces with 21 on the season.
Elizabeth Britner has 327 digs (3.85 d/s) and Madison Jaqua has 765 of the team's 1085 assists (9.94 a/s) to lead the team in the respective categories.
Sydney Boerst has a team-high 80 total blocks (15 solo, 65 assisted).
The Pioneers are coming off of two sweeps against Western Illinois (25-11, 25-23, 25-18) and South Dakota (25-14, 25-17, 25-21). DU never trailed against USD.
BLOCK IT UP
Through Oct. 17 matches, Emma Willis leads the Summit League in total blocks (81), assisted blocks (76), and blocks per set (1.23).
Tina Boe is ninth in total blocks in the Summit League, with 62 total blocks (six solo, 56 assisted), seventh in blocks per set (0.97) and eighth in assisted blocks.
DU has 154.5 total blocks (2.34 blocks/ set), off of 19 solo blocks and 271 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.
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 Summit League Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16 for her performances against Western Illinois and South Dakota.
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.
Principato and Latham were both named to the Denver Invitational All-Tournament Team.
In their first season as DU Pioneers, the freshmen have made an immediate impact.
Anderson is second on the team in assists (294) and service aces (16) and fourth in digs (100). Bartalo is fifth on the team in digs with 87, Boe is second on the team in total blocks at 62 (six solo, 56 assisted) and in hitting percentage (.305), and Macy Carrabine is fifth on the team in assists (18).
LEAD THE WAY
Along with Latham (kills) and Willis (total blocks), Boteju leads the team in assists (369), Cassidy Rooke leads the team in digs (234), and Latham in points scored (230.0). Cassie Baird has 20 service aces to lead the team.
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 54-15 (.783) overall in the Summit League.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Junior outside hitter Becca Latham was named as "Players to Watch" in the Summit League Preseason Poll.
Coming into the match, Latham has played 66 sets, registering 207 kills (3.14 k/s), hitting .338, and scoring 230 points for the Pioneers (3.48 per set).
Through Oct. 17 matches, the Austin, Texas, native is second in the Summit League in hitting percentage, tied for sixth in kills, sixth in kills per set, sixth in points per set and ninth in points.
When just taking into account league play, she is second in hitting percentage (.348), fourth in points per set (3.70), fifth in points (92.5), and fifth in kills (82) and kills per set (3.28).
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