#3 Denver volleyball (23-6, 14-4) led the match 1-0 and 2-1 but the #6 SDSU Jackrabbits came back, sweeping the last two sets, to finish off the Pioneers, 3-2 on Thanksgiving night. The match ends the season for DU, who lost three of their last five matches to end the season, an atypical finish for a flagship program that started with early-season wins against USC and Iowa.
In the fifth and deciding set, the Jackrabbits pounced on Denver and led 8-1. At that point the match was all but over, ending at 15-10. Denver had 33 errors on the night, their second-worst result of the season. The final score (25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 10-15) sends Denver home in the quarterfinal loss at Vermillion, S.D.
The bright spot in the match for Denver was the performance of Hailey Green, the Freshman of the Year for the Summit League. Green ended the match with a season-high 23 kills and 2 blocks. An injured Erica Andrich, one of DU’s top hitters with 220 kills on the season, finished with 2 kills on the night in limited action.
The loss marked the end of the college volleyball careers for Summit League first-team players Tina Boe and Lydia Bartolo along with setter Ellie Anderson and Erica Andrich, all grad students. Michelle Feliciano is graduating as a true senior. These seniors/grad students went 110-27 in their careers and had one of the nation’s top road win records over that span.