Nov. 16, 2017
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
(1) Denver vs (4) North Dakota State (18-8, 9-5 Summit)
Last Meeting: 10/29/17- DU 3, NDSU 0
• North Dakota State is 8-5 in three-set matches, 8-3 in four sets and 2-0 in five sets. They are 5-5 on the road.
• Leading the team are Erika Gelzinyte (287 kills, 3.09 k/s), Brianna Rasmusson (909 assists, 9.77 a/s, 32 service aces), Bella Lien (91 total blocks), and Mikaela Purnell (567 digs, 6.10 d/s).
• As a team, the Bison are first in the Summit League in service aces, second in digs, fourth in total blocks, sixth in assists and hitting percentage, and seventh in kills.
• The Bison have won their last three matches.
(1) Denver vs (5) Omaha (10-17, 7-7 Summit)
Last Meeting: 11/5/17- DU 3, Omaha 1
• Omaha is 4-8 in three-set matches, 4-7 in four sets and 2-2 in five sets. They are 3-7 on the road.
• Leading the team are Bella Sade (233 kills, 2.33 k/s, 105 total blocks), Sydney O’Shaughnessy (1009 assists, 10.09 a/s, 31 service aces), and Claire Mountjoy (439 digs, 4.67 d/s).
•As a team, the Mavericks are second in the Summit League in kills, second in total blocks, third in service aces, fourth in assists, and fifth in digs and hitting percentage.
• This is the fourth consecutive year that DU enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed, and the Pioneers have won the tournament each of the previous three times.
• Denver has won the last nine matches. Five of DU’s nine wins have come in straight-sets.
• The Pioneers are 11-3 in three set matches, 8-2 in four sets and 2-0 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 26 matches. Teal Schnurr has started 23 matches, Kayla Principato and Piyusha Boteju have both started 17 matches, Becca Latham started 12, and Ellie Anderson has started the last nine matches.
• Anderson, Baird, Boe, Latham, Rooke, Schnurr and Willis started the last nine matches.
• Latham started the first three matches of the season and the last nine matches, with the Pioneers going 12-0 in those matches and outscoring the opponents 36 sets to seven.
• DU is 16-1 when Latham records double-digit kills.
SUMMIT LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS
•Denver led the league in taking home eight awards on the night, highlighted by three on the all-league team, two on the all-freshman team, two honorable mentions and a Coach of the Year award.
•Junior outside hitter Becca Latham, senior right-side hitter Kayla Principato and junior middle blocker Emma Willis were named to the 2017 Summit League All-League Team, while seniors Cassie Baird and Cassidy Rooke earned honorable mention.
•Middle blocker Tina Boe and setter Ellie Anderson were recognized on the all-freshman team.
•Head coach Tom Hogan was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Pioneers to a program-best 12-2 league record. Through his two years at the helm, Hogan has compiled a 25-5 (.833) record in the Summit League, with the Pioneers winning the last two regular season titles, as well as the 2016 Summit League Tournament Championship.
• The Pioneers are coming off a weekend sweep with a five set win over South Dakota (15-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 15-11) and a four set win over Western Illinois (24-26, 27-25, 25-15, 25-20).
• DU has a balanced attack with six players with over 100 kills, with Latham and Principato leading the team with 288 and 251, respectively. Baird has the third-most kills with 186, Willis has 163, Schnurr has 158, and Boe sits at 120.
• 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 .246.
WE’LL HAVE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE PLEASE
• Piyusha Boteju has had 10 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 against Fort Wayne, she had 23 assists and 10 digs. In the last two matches she had 26 assists and 11 digs against WIU and 23 assists and 23 digs versus USD.
• The Pioneers are 10-0 when Boteju records a double-double.
• 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 against NDSU, she had 23 assists and 13 digs. Last weekend, she had 27 assists and 10 digs against WIU and 21 assists and 17 digs against USD.
•DU is 5-0 when Anderson records a double-double.
BLOCK IT UP
• Through Nov. 12 matches, Emma Willis is third in the Summit League in total blocks (104), but leads in assisted blocks (97), and blocks per set (1.13). In league play matches, she is second in assisted blocks (49), fourth in total blocks (53), and fifth in blocks per set (1.04).
•Tina Boe is ninth in total blocks in the Summit League, with 87 total blocks (six solo, 81 assisted), sixth in blocks per set (.97) and fourth in assisted blocks.
• DU has 211.5 total blocks (2.30 blocks/ set), off of 29 solo blocks and 365 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.
• In their first season as DU Pioneers, the freshmen have made an immediate impact.
• Anderson is second on the team in assists (461) and service aces (24), and fourth in digs (168). Macy Carrabine is fifth on the team in digs with 140 and assists (28), Boe is second on the team in total blocks at 87 (six solo, 81 assisted) and in hitting percentage (.305).
LEAD THE WAY
• Along with Latham (kills) and Willis (total blocks), Boteju leads the team in assists (507), Cassidy Rooke leads the team in digs (347), and Latham in points scored (322.5). Cassie Baird leads the Pioneers with 30 service aces.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
• The Pioneers won over 20 matches each of the last four seasons, 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, and a 12-2 record this year.
• In the last three years, the Pioneers have gone 8-0 at home and 5-3 on the road in league play.
•This season, DU went 7-0 at home and 5-2 on the road in the Summit League.
• Denver is 61-15 (.802) 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 91 sets, registering 288 kills (3.16 k/s), hitting .349, and scored 322.5 points for the Pioneers (3.54 per set).
• Nationally, she ranks 56th in attack percentage.
• Through the Nov. 12 matches, the Austin, Texas, native leads the Summit League in hitting percentage, fourth in kills and points, fifth in points per set, and sixth in kills per set.
• When just taking into account league play, she is first in hitting percentage (.363), third in points per set (3.70), fourth in points (185.0), kills (163) and kills per set (3.26). She is also 10th in total blocks (39).
• Denver owns a 73-11 (.869) home record in Hamilton Gymnasium over the past six seasons, including a perfect 18-0 in 2015.
• This season, the Pioneers protected home court with a 12-1 record, losing only to San Diego State in a non-conference contest.
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