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DU Starts Four-Match Homestand with North Dakota State and South Dakota State

Oct. 25, 2017

 Denver (15-5, 6-2 Summit) vs. South Dakota State (2-20, 0-9 Summit), Denver (16-5, 7-2 Summit) vs. North Dakota State (15-7, 6-4 Summit) 
 Date & Time  Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. MT/ Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. MT
 Location   Hamilton Gymnasium
 Tickets  Denver Box Office
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 TV (Sunday)   Altitude
 Live Stats vs. SDSU   Gametracker
 Live Stats vs. NDSU   Gametracker
 Game Info  Denver Game Notes (.pdf)   |   South Dakota State    |   North Dakota State   |  Summit League
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SCOUTING THE JACKRABBITS
• The Jackrabbits are 1-15 in three-set matches, 1-2 in four sets and 0-2 in five sets. They are 1-7 in road matches.
• Ashlynn Smith and Makenzie Hennen both have 157 kills to lead the team.
• Sierra Peterson has 25 service aces on the season.
• Mattison Munger has 391 of the team’s 683 assists, averaging 6.11 a/s.
• Payton Richardson ( eight solo, 36 assisted) and Macy Smith (12 solo, 32 assisted) both have 44 total blocks to lead SDSU.

SCOUTING THE BISON

• The Bison play Oral Roberts on Friday night.
• NDSU is 8-4 in three-set matches, 6-2 in four sets and 1-0 in five sets. They are 3-3 in road matches.
• Brianna Rasmusson is fourth in the league in assists with a team-high 725 (9.93 a/s), and second in service aces at 29.
• Erika Gelzinyte leads the team in kills (227), which ranks fifth in the Summit League.
• Mikaela Purnell leads the Bison, and the league, in digs at 433 (5.93 d/s).

LAST MEETING AGAINST THE JACKRABBITS

Kayla Principato led the visitors in kills with 10 in the match, Cassidy Rooke had 13 digs, Piyusha Boteju had 19 assists and Emma Willis had five assisted blocks.
• As a team, Denver had 43 kills and hit .278 (43-13-108), while holding the Jackrabbits to 25 kills and a hitting percentage of .074 (25-17-108). The Crimson and Gold had 37 assists, 59 digs, 10 service aces and five total team blocks in the win.

LAST MEETING AGAINST THE BISON
Becca Latham led the way for the Pioneers with 13 kills in the match, Boteju had 23 assists, Rooke had 20 digs, and Cassie Baird had three service aces.
• As a team, Denver hit .127 with 52 kills, 69 digs, 49 assists, seven service aces and four total blocks.

GAMEDAY STORYLINES
• 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, Teal Schnurr and Piyusha Boteju have all started 17 matches, Becca Latham started six, and Ellie Anderson has started the last three matches.
• Anderson, Baird, Boe, Latham, Rooke, Schnurr and Willis started the last three matches.
• Latham started the first three matches of the season and the last three matches, with the Pioneers going 6-0 in those matches.
• DU has won its last three matches and its last three home matches.
• Denver has won the first set in each of its nine home matches.

LOOKING BACK
• The Pioneers are coming off of a road win against Fort Wayne (23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19).

KILLING IT
• DU has five players with over 100 kills, with Latham and Principato leading the team with 218 and 190, respectively. Baird has the third-most kills with 132 ,Willis has 129, and Schnurr sits at 118.
• 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. In the last match, also against Fort Wayne, Principato had 13 kills, Schnurr had a career-high 12 and Latham and Willis each had 11.
• 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 951 kills with a hitting percentage of .243.

WE’LL HAVE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE PLEASE

Piyusha Boteju has had eight 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. Against South Dakota, Boteju had 10 assists and 11 digs, and in the last match against Fort Wayne, she had 23 assists and 10 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 match at 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. In the last match, at Fort Wayne, she had a career-high 28 assists and 10 digs.

BLOCK IT UP

• Through Oct. 22 matches, Emma Willis is second the Summit League in total blocks (84), but leads in assisted blocks (79), and blocks per set (1.20).
•Tina Boe is ninth in total blocks in the Summit League, with 69 total blocks (six solo, 63 assisted), third in blocks per set (1.01) and tied for seventh in assisted blocks.
• DU has 167.5 total blocks (2.39 blocks/ set), off of 22 solo blocks and 291 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.

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 70 sets, registering 218 kills (3.11 k/s), hitting .344, and scored 243.5 points for the Pioneers (3.48 per set).
• Through Oct. 22 matches, the Austin, Texas, native is second in the Summit League in hitting percentage, tied for sixth in kills, sixth in kills per set, seventh in points per set and 11th in points.
• When just taking into account league play, she is first in hitting percentage (.363), fourth in points per set (3.66), seventh in points (106.0), tied for seventh in kills (93) and fourth in kills per set (3.21).

FAMILIAR SPACES
• Denver owns a 69-11 (.863) home record in Hamilton Gymnasium over the past six seasons, including a perfect 18-0 in 2015. 

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 55-15 (.786) overall in the Summit League.

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