DU Women’s volleyball (1-0) was the last fall team sport to start play until Friday night. The Pioneers opened up the season with a convincing 25-14, 25-17, 27-25, 25-22 win at Hamilton Gym against the West Coast Conference San Francisco *Dons. The Pioneers were voted the Summit League pre-season favorite for a sixth consecutive year. But with the graduation of stars Becca Latham and Emma Willis and injuries to outside hitters Taylor Jochim and Katarina Marinkovic, question marks surround this year’s squad, especially front line defense (blocks) and scoring (kills).
The Pioneers took the first two games and looked to sweep but San Francisco made a furious comeback to take the match to a 4th game. Denver took control in the fourth game to seal the match.
Lydia Bartolo and Ari Winters had 13 and 11 kills respectively. Ellie Anderson dished out 19 assists and libero Macy Carrabine had 10 digs to lead the Pioneers. Louisville transfer outside hitter Amanda Green had 8 kills, 2 assists and was credited with 9.5 points for the night.
— Denver Volleyball (@DU_Volleyball) August 31, 2019
The Pioneers are a work-in-progress according to head Coach Tom Hogan who hopes to have his green squad in prime form come Summit League time. Hogan has a gaudy 64-3 record now as a head coach at Hamilton Gym so early home success is to be expected. However,this season’s true test begins in earnest on the road when the Pioneers travel to the Rainbow Wahine (Hawaii) Invitational and the Ameritas Players Challenge in Lincoln, Nebraska.
But starting off with a win at Hamilton Gym and solid front line play were a great start. The Pioneers continue their Labor Day tournament Saturday at Hamilton Gym.
*What’s a Don? “Don” is an acronym for De Origen Noble, which translates to “of noble origin” and is a Spanish title given only to a noble person of political, social or official distinction. The name references the early history of California and San Francisco, which was marked by the exploits of the adventuresome and swashbuckling Spanish Dons.
**Editors Note: This is the first time we have used the term ‘swashbuckling’ since Jarid Lukosevicius graduated.