Fall Sports Begin to Wind Down, DU Triathlon Set for NCAA Title Quest

Denver volleyball (16-10, 10-5) split their home matches this week. Denver sped by Oral Roberts 3-0 on Thursday but fell to UMKC 3-1 Saturday on Senior Day. Lauren Poulter had 34 assists and DU had a balanced attack to sweep the ORU Golden Eagles. On Saturday, Summit League volleyball teams honored DU’s Coach Tom Hogan with pre-match t-shirts recognizing his battle against testicular cancer. No doubt, the emotions associated with Senior Day and Tom Hogan were at the top of mind of fans and players in Hamilton Gym. UMKC played a solid match and a number of their fans traveled to Denver for additional support in the road win for the Roos.

DU volleyball goes on the road to face North Dakota on Thursday (6:00 pm MT) and North Dakota State Saturday (noon MT) this upcoming week.

#10/8 Men’s Soccer (11-2-5, 8-0-2) crushed Lindenwood 4-0 in St Charles, Missouri and then, defeated Western Illinois Saturday, 4-2, at Pioneer Field. Against Lindenwood, Sam Basset gave Denver a 1-0 first-half lead and a pair of second-half goals by Olsson Holger gave DU a 3-0 lead. Basset fed Kengo Ohira an assist on Denver’s final goal. Keeper Isaac Nehme got the shutout. Denver returned home against the Western Illinois Leathernecks for Senior Day. The two teams were surprisingly knotted 2-2 at halftime. Lukas Fisher put the Pioneers ahead for good at 57:16. Jason Belloli scored for DU to seal the game with five minutes remaining.

#2 seed Denver begins Summit League tournament play against #3 Omaha at 4:00 pm MT this Thursday at Pioneer Field.  Prior to DU’s match, #1 seed Oral Roberts faces UMKC at 1:00 pm MT.

DU men’s and women’s basketball starts this week with a Hamilton doubleheader on Monday. DU men face Idaho at 5:00 pm MT and the women face Air Force at 7:30 pm MT.  DU Triathlon competes in the NCAA for the Triathlon National Championship next Saturday, November 12th in Tempe, Arizona, While defending national champion Arizona State is the clear favorite, the rapidly improving Pioneers have a chance to give DU its  ‘unofficial’ 34th NCAA DI school title in Tempe.  Triathlon is expected to become an ‘official’ NCAA National Championship sport in 2024 if/when a recommendation is voted on and approved after this season ends.

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