The #1 seed University of Denver (22-5 overall), faced a pesky Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (15-13 overall, 11-3 Summit League) squad but used their power game to push past the #2 seed visitors, 3 – 1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16). Emma Willis had 15 kills, Ellie Anderson 25 assists, Tina Boe had 6 blocks, and Piyushu Boteju had 11 digs. To top off the team effort, Kayla Principato was named the MVP of the Summit League Tournament. Principato had 12 kills and 27 total attempts/attacks. ORU was paced by senior Laura Milos with 25 kills and a whopping 51 total attempts/attacks.
Denver split the first two games but took control of the final two games to keep the title in Denver. And the Pioneers, who won this year’s regular season title, will host next year’s tournament.
DU’s depth and power was on display the entire match. Every time the Golden Eagles put together a run, the Pioneers stopped it with blocks and kills to stymie any hope of a comeback. In addition to Principato, Becca Latham and Emma Willis were named to the Summit League All-Tournament team. The tournament win extends the Pioneers hold on the Summit League title to 4 straight years – an amazing accomplishment.
The NCAA selection show will be held at 7 pm on November 26th with the first-round NCAA match scheduled for November 30th.