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Denver Set to Clash with South Dakota in League Championship

Nov. 20, 2016

 Match 30: Denver (22-7, 13-3 SL) vs South Dakota (25-6, 13-3 SL) [Summit League Championship]
 Date & Time  Sunday, November 20, 2 p.m. MT
 Location  Hamilton Gymnasium (Denver, Colo.)
 Tournament Central  SummitLeague.org
 Television  Altitude
 Stream  ESPN 3
 Facebook  /DenverPioneers   |   /Denver Volleyball
 Game Info   Denver Game Notes (.pdf)  |   Denver Media Guide (.pdf)   |  Summit League Volleyball   |  South Dakota Volleyball
 Twitter  @DU_Pioneers   |   @DU_Volleyball   |    #DUGameDay, #DU1NATION, #SummitVB, #DUvsUSD

SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA
• The Coyotes (25-6, 13-3 SL) advanced to the Summit League Championship off a straight-set sweep of three-seeded North Dakota State
• South Dakota had plenty of options to choose from as four Yotes finished with at least 10 kills in the match against the Bison, led by 14 from senior outside hitter Audrey Reeg, 11 from Freshman of the Year Elizabeth Loschen and 10 each from senior middle blocker Lindsey Brown and redshirt-sophomore outside hitter Rachel Schmidt
• The Pioneers last faced USD in the final weekend of league play and took the Coyotes to five-sets in a marathon loss
• Denver fought back from a 10-5 deficit in the fifth set to knot the frame at 10-10 before a critical South Dakota timeout swung the momentum away from DU and eventually took the set at 15-13
Moni Corrujedo recorded her first double-double of the season during the match behind 13 kills and 13 digs, while Nola Basey added 12 kills and nine digs with Kayla Principato rounding out the trio with 12 kills and seven blocks, two solo and five assisted
• Reeg was seemingly everywhere on the court, tallying 24 kills but limited to a .188 clip, while junior setter Brittany Jessen was one kill shy of her third triple-double, ending with nine kills, 57 assists and 17 digs
• During the season, Reeg took home the Summit League Player of the Year award after finishing with 403 kills at 3.95 per set, while Jessen earned Setter of the Year behind 1,125 assists at 11.03 per set
• Loschen earned Freshman of the Year status after finishing second on the team with 231 kills at 2.31 per set and a .260 attack rate
• South Dakota nearly swept the league awards as Leanne Williamson was named Coach of the Year for leading the Yotes to a share of their first Summit League regular-season title after preseason polls had USD finishing fifth in league play

SUMMIT LEAGUE SEMIFINAL VS ORAL ROBERTS
• The Pioneers made a return to their third-straight Summit League Championship by sweeping Oral Roberts in a rubber match
Nola Basey and Kayla Principato led Denver’s attack with eight kills apiece, while Ruth Okoye posted five blocks in the win, one solo and four assisted
• DU held junior outside hitter Laura Milos to zero aces for the third time this season as she has gone without a point in only six matches total while leading the NCAA in service aces
• Oral Roberts was held to a .083 clip in the match as the Pioneers tallied six blocks and 45 digs as a team
The Last Meeting
Denver2
South Dakota3
November 11, 2016
Vermillion, S.D.
Denver Stopped Short in Five-Set Loss to South Dakota
DENVER -- Facing a 2-1 deficit in the match, the University of Denver volleyball teams connected on all points to force a decisive fifth set against South Dakota, and had to overcome a 10-5 shortfall in the final frame to keep the match alive.


 

 

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