Nov. 1, 2017
SCOUTING ORAL ROBERTS
• ORU is 4-4 on the road this season. They are 7-5 in three-set matches, 6-2 in four sets and 0-3 in five sets.
• The Golden Eagles lead the league in assists per set at 12.93.
• Laura Milos leads the league in kills with 438, kills per set (5.28) and service aces (45).
• Lucija Bojanjac and Bria Bergman have 460 and 453 assists, respectively, and are sixth and seventh in the league in the category.
• The Mavericks play South Dakota on Friday night.
• Omaha is 3-8 in three-set matches, 4-5 in four sets and 2-1 in five sets. They are 3-5 in road matches.
•Claire Mountjoy leads the Mavericks with 357 digs, which is fifth in the league, and third in digs per set at 4.58.
• Leading the team in assists is Sydney O'Shaughnessy, who has 856 (10.19 a/s). She is second in the league in both categories.
• Anna Blaschko has a league-high 25 solo blocks on the season, and is fifth overall in total blocks with 83. Bella Sade is second in the league in assisted blocks (79), and total blocks at 89 (1.06 b/s).
• ORU is on a six-match win streak, while Denver has won the last five matches, and its last five home matches. Four of DU's five wins have come in straight-sets.
• Going into its match against South Dakota, Omaha has won its last three matches.
• Denver has used three different starting lineups thus far. Emma Willis, Cassie Baird, Tina Boe and Cassidy Rooke have started all 22 matches. Teal Schnurr has started 19 matches, Kayla Principato and Piyusha Boteju have both started 17 matches, Becca Latham started eight, and Ellie Anderson has started the last five matches.
• Anderson, Baird, Boe, Latham, Rooke, Schnurr and Willis started the last five matches.
• Latham started the first three matches of the season and the last five matches, with the Pioneers going 8-0 in those matches and outscoring the opponents 24 sets to three.
• DU is 14-1 when Latham records double-digit kills.
• Anderson has recorded at least one service ace in the last five matches, with a career-high three at Fort Wayne and versus South Dakota State.
• Denver has won the first set in each of its 11 home matches, going 10-1.
• The Pioneers are coming off a weekend sweep with straight-set wins over South Dakota State (25-22, 25-16, 25-18) and North Dakota State (25-21, 25-14, 25-18).
• DU has five players with over 100 kills, with Latham and Principato leading the team with 246 and 203, respectively. Baird has the third-most kills with 146, Willis has 141, and Schnurr sits at 132.
• 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 1051 kills with a hitting percentage of .250.
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. At Fort Wayne, she had a career-high 28 assists and 10 digs, and in the last match, against NDSU, she had 23 assists and 13 digs.
BLOCK IT UP
• Through Oct. 29 matches, Emma Willis is second the Summit League in total blocks (89), but leads in assisted blocks (83), and blocks per set (1.17).
•Tina Boe is ninth in total blocks in the Summit League, with 73 total blocks (six solo, 67 assisted), fifth in blocks per set (.99) and tied for fifth in assisted blocks.
• DU has 179.5 total blocks (2.36 blocks/ set), off of 26 solo blocks and 307 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, and again on Oct. 30 for her play against NDSU and SDSU.
• In their first season as DU Pioneers, the freshmen have made an immediate impact.
• Anderson leads the team in service aces (23), is second on the team in assists (365), and fourth in digs (132). Macy Carrabine is fifth on the team in digs with 95, Boe is second on the team in total blocks at 73 (six solo, 67 assisted) and in hitting percentage (.305).
LEAD THE WAY
• Along with Anderson (aces), Latham (kills) and Willis (total blocks), Boteju leads the team in assists (420), Cassidy Rooke leads the team in digs (285), and Latham in points scored (275.5).
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 57-15 (.792) 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 all 76 sets, registering 246 kills (3.24 k/s), hitting .360, and scored 275.5 points for the Pioneers (3.63 per set).
• Through Oct. 29 matches, the Austin, Texas, native is second in the Summit League in hitting percentage, fifth in kills and points, and fourth in kills per set and points per set.
• When just taking into account league play, she is first in hitting percentage (.393), third in points per set (3.94), fourth in kills per set (3.46) and points (138.0), fifth in kills (121). She is also eighth in solo blocks (5) and ninth in total blocks (29).
• Denver owns a 71-11 (.866) 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.