Denver Delivers Clutch Road Win to Seize Volleyball Title

Denver posted a decisive 3-0 win Friday over the UMKC Roos to set up the conference-deciding Saturday night match at Swinney Center. Denver clinched the Summit League regular-season title Saturday evening with a dominant 3-0 victory over the Roos by the score of  25-16, 25-18, 25-17 (3-0).

Lorrin Poulter led the Pioneers in kills with 12 along with 12 assists. Three players had 9 kills to include Tina Boe, Lydia Bartalo and Katarina Marinkovic. Macy Carrabine was solid in the middle with 13 digs for the final match.

With only one NCAA tournament bid available for the Summit League conference in this COVID-shortened season, Denver coaches and players planned training, practices and matches to peak at the end of the season when it truly counted.  Saturday evening the Pioneers delivered on that plan with an exclamation point.

Two weeks ago, on March 12th, Denver seemed to bottom out against South Dakota on a match-shortened blizzard weekend. Denver was swept by the nationally-ranked South Dakota Coyotes in their only match, 3-0. Since that time, DU has reeled off two straight matches and gone 12-0 in sets.

This continues Denver’s string of excellence with Tom Hogan as either an assistant or as head coach with seven regular-season titles in eight seasons. The one season DU did not win the regular-season title, the Pioneers won the Summit League Tournament. In his six seasons at the helm, the team has gone 109-28 (.74%) as one of DU’s most successful athletic teams.

In a strange twist of scheduling fate due to COVID-19, Denver will ‘host’ the conference tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sanford Pentagon. #1 seed Denver will face #4 seed Omaha Friday, April 2nd. The winner will advance to face the winner of the UMKC-South Dakota match on April 3rd for the conference title and automatic berth to the NCAA playoffs.

The win also cemented Denver as the Summit League host of the Summit League conference tournament in Denver next season.

5 thoughts on “Denver Delivers Clutch Road Win to Seize Volleyball Title”

  1. Nice win, but it means little if they don’t win the Summit League Tourney and the NCAA autobid.

    1. True. DU lines up pretty well against Omaha and the UMKC-South Dakota match will be a dog fight. I think the one seed is an advantage but SD will be tough in what is, essentially, a home game if they make the finals.

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