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Pioneers to Close Regular Season on the Road This Weekend

Nov. 9, 2017

 Denver (19-5, 10-2 Summit) vs. South Dakota (16-9, 10-3 Summit), Denver (19-5, 10-2 Summit) vs. Western Illinois (8-18, 3-9 Summit)
 Date & Time  Friday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. MT/ Sunday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m. MT
 Location (USD)   Sanford Coyote Sports Center
 Location (WIU)   Western Hall
 Tickets  Denver Box Office
 Pioneer Movement  Donate Today
 TV (Friday)   GOYOTES LIVE
 TV (Sunday)   Fighting Leathernecks All-Access
 Live Stats vs. USD   Sidearm Stats
 Live Stats vs. WIU   Sidearm Stats
 Game Info  Denver Game Notes (.pdf)   |   South Dakota    |   Western Illinois   |  Summit League
 Facebook  /DenverPioneers   |   /Denver Women's Volleyball
 Twitter  @DU_Pioneers   |   @DU_Volleyball   |    #DUGameDay, #DU1NATION


SCOUTING THE COYOTES

Last Meeting: 10/15/17- DU 3, USD 0
• South Dakota is 9-5 in three-set matches, 3-3 in four sets and 4-1 in five sets. They are 5-1 at home.
• Leading the team is Hayley Dotseth (313 kills, 3.52 k/s), Brittany Jessen (946 assists, 10.40 a/s), Kelly Law (49 total blocks), and Anne Rasmussen (488 digs, 5.36 d/s). Both Rasmussen and Jessen have 25 service aces to lead the Coyotes.
• Jessen leads the league in overall assists, Rasmussen is second in digs, Dotseth is third in kills. Law is second in hitting percentage (.349).
• In their previous match, USD defeated South Dakota State in three sets.

SCOUTING THE LEATHERNECKS

Last Meeting:  10/13/17- DU 3, WIU 0 
• The Leathernecks play North Dakota State on Friday night.
• WIU is 3-10 in three-set matches, 2-4 in four sets and 3-4 in five sets. They are 4-8 at home.
• Leading the team is Mackenzie Steckler (221 kills, 2.28 k/s, 97 total blocks), Jaime Johnson (805 assists, 8.21 a/s, 17 service aces), and Claire Grove (384 digs, 4.09 d/s).
• Steckler leads the league in total blocks and is third in hitting percentage (.336). Johnson is fifth in assists and Grove is fifth in digs.
• Entering its match against NDSU, WIU has won its last two matches.

GAMEDAY STORYLINES
• Denver has won the last seven matches. Five of DU’s seven wins have come in straight-sets.
• The Pioneers are 11-3 in three set matches, 7-2 in four sets and 1-0 in five sets this season.
• Denver has used three different starting lineups thus far. Emma Willis, Cassie Baird, Tina Boe and Cassidy Rooke have started all 24 matches. Teal Schnurr has started 21 matches, Kayla Principato and Piyusha Boteju have both started 17 matches, Becca Latham started 10, and Ellie Anderson has started the last seven matches.
• Anderson, Baird, Boe, Latham, Rooke, Schnurr and Willis started the last seven matches.
• Latham started the first three matches of the season and the last seven matches, with the Pioneers going 10-0 in those matches and outscoring the opponents 30 sets to four.
• DU is 15-1 when Latham records double-digit kills.
• Denver is 9-4 all-time against South Dakota, but 1-3 in Vermillion, S.D.
• The Pioneers are 9-0 all-time against Western Illinois and a perfect 27-0 in sets. 

LOOKING BACK
• The Pioneers are coming off a weekend sweep with a straight-set win over Oral Roberts (25-17, 25-21, 25-22) and over Omaha in four sets (17-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16).

KILLING IT
• DU has a balanced attack with six players with over 100 kills, with Latham and Principato leading the team with 264 and 222, respectively. Baird has the third-most kills with 159, Schnurr has 153, Willis has 152, and Boe sits at 108.
• 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 1152 kills with a league-high hitting percentage of .254.

BLOCK IT UP
• Through Nov. 7 matches, Emma Willis is third in the Summit League in total blocks (95), but leads in assisted blocks (88), and blocks per set (1.14).
•Tina Boe is ninth in total blocks in the Summit League, with 76 total blocks (six solo, 70 assisted), sixth in blocks per set (.94) and eighth in assisted blocks.
• DU has 190.0 total blocks (2.29 blocks/ set), off of 28 solo blocks and 324 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.

FEARLESS FRESHMEN
• In their first season as DU Pioneers, the freshmen have made an immediate impact.
• Anderson is second on the team in assists (413) and service aces (23), and fourth in digs (141). Macy Carrabine is fifth on the team in digs with 113, Boe is second on the team in total blocks at 76 (six solo, 70 assisted) and in hitting percentage (.308).

LEAD THE WAY
• Along with Latham (kills) and Willis (total blocks), Boteju leads the team in assists (458), Cassidy Rooke leads the team in digs (312), and Latham in points scored (295.5). Cassie Baird leads the Pioneers with 27 service aces.

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 82 sets, registering 264 kills (3.22 k/s), hitting .369, and scored 295.5 points for the Pioneers (3.60 per set).
• Nationally, she ranks 56th in attack percentage.
• Through Nov. 7 matches, the Austin, Texas, native leads the Summit League in hitting percentage, fifth in kills, points, kills per set and points per set.
• When just taking into account league play, she is first in hitting percentage (.407), third in points per set (3.85) and kills per set (3.46), fourth in points (158.0) and kills (139). She is also ninth in total blocks (33).

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 59-15 (.797) overall in the Summit League.

UP NEXT: The Pioneers are hosting the 2017 Summit League Tournament from Nov. 17-19 in Hamilton Gymnasium.  Tickets are on sale now and can be PURCHASED HERE.

Student-Athlete Alumni Giving Challenge:
In 2017-18, the University of Denver is holding an alumni giving challenge in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport program with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Former student-athletes can make a gift online, by calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to:
Athletics Development Office
Attn: Kaley Rickert
2201 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

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