Women’s Soccer Win Earns Thursday Showdown, Volleyball Sweeps

Photos & Interviews: Courtesy of Jason Evans

DU women’s soccer (4-0-1 Summit League) out-shot (39-1) an over-matched Fort Wayne squad in a lopsided 4-0 victory at chilly CIBER Field. Head coach Jeff Hooker was glad his team kept the focus on the field of play and not the weather, “The elements were a factor today. We did a really good job of putting that aside”.

The win sets up a showdown this Thursday night at 6:00 pm MT against South Dakota State (5-0-0) for first place with two games to go. The winner will likely earn home field for next season’s Summit League soccer conference championship.

Senior midfielder Hannah Adler scored two goals and said, “With the bad conditions, we talked about following up on rebounds. You just have to have fun with it (playing in snowy conditions). We’ve never played in conditions like this.” As for the Halloween showdown Thursday against South Dakota, “We are going to work hard and  stay focused.”

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Soccer fans braved 30 degree game-time temperatures

In the warmth of Hamilton Gym, DU women’s volleyball (7-2 Summit League) defeated Oral Roberts 25-12, 25-20 & 25-13. DU took advantage of great first touches, 12 service aces and a deep bench to overwhelm ORU. Lydia Bartolo led the Pioneers with a .571 hitting percentage and 14 kills. This sets up next weekend’s 2-game road swing to South Dakota to face South Dakota State (2-8 Summit League) and first place University of South Dakota (10-0 Summit league). The South Dakota contest will be a measuring stick for Denver volleyball to see how they line up against the 19-1 Jackrabbits with a chance to pull withing one game of the conference standings.

The ORU sweep sets up next weekend’s match against #1 South Dakota

As for volleyball over the next week, head coach Tom Hogan said, “It’s back in the gym to practice Tuesday and get better. It sounds cliche but it is one game at a time.”

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