Inky Ajanaku had 18 kills, Kathryn Plummer added 16 and Stanford, led by four freshman starters, beat Texas 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21 on Saturday night in the NCAA women’s volleyball Championship in Columbus, Ohio. The Cardinal (27-7) won 16 of their last 17 matches to complete an unlikely championship run with their four freshman starters: Plummer, Audriana Fitzmorris, Jenna Gray and Morgan Hentz. Continue reading Stanford’s Championship Shows Pioneer Progress
When Denver centerback Kortne Ford (above/Photo by David Grooms) carved open the Clemson backline to convert Alex Underwood’s cross to score the game-winning goal in Dec.2’s NCAA Soccer Quarterfinal with a minute left in the game to book a first-ever DU berth in the College Cup, it set off a big celebration for every Pioneer fan.
I would argue that it may have been one of DU’s greatest collegiate sporting achievements of all time. Here’s why: Continue reading Puck Swami: Is the men’s soccer team making the 2016 College Cup DU’s greatest sporting achievement?
Photo: Photo compliments gostanford.com. DU earns more than a moral victory at Stanford in 3-0 loss.
In all the well earned hysteria over DU men’s soccer, women’s volleyball (23-9) proved they are on the verge of taking the program to the next level. Just like last year, they won the conference regular season title, won the Summit League Tournament, lost in a tune-up to (#71/RPI) Long Beach State and lost in the first round of the NCAA’s 0-3.
So what is different? Continue reading Denver Battles Stanford but Comes Up Short
This weekend is big, right? Sure Colorado College is down but they want that Gold Pan and regional respect. Expect an all-out effort from the Tigers. On the pitch, DU’s men’s soccer team can go where no other DU soccer team has ever gone if they beat Clemson in the NCAA Quarterfinals and advancing to the final four in Houston.
But let’s not forget about DU volleyball which has gone 23-8 on the year and are gearing up for another NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Under-the-Radar Denver volleyball faces Stanford in NCAA Tournament action
Lots of Thanksgiving holiday activity on campus. In Denver, see NCAA playoff soccer with DU vs. Washington Saturday @ 5:00 PM MT and hockey vs. Wisconsin Saturday @ 7:00 PM MT. Denver basketball and volleyball teams are in action on the road.
Photo: Denver wins 3rd consecutive Summit Title and NCAA bid.
For the third year in a row, Denver (23-7, 13,3 Conference) won the Summit League 3-1 and will advance to the NCAA Tournament. Led by first-year head coach Tom Hogan, the Pioneers beat regular co-champion and league rival South Dakota (25-7, 13-3 Conference) at Hamilton Gym. The Pioneers started fast, dominating the Coyotes 25-12, 25-14 in the first two sets – eliminating much of the suspense. South Dakota tightened up the match with a narrow 25-22 3rd set win after a quick 7-1 start. The Pioneers came roaring back 25-18 in the 4th set to claim the title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Denver Volleyball Captures Another Title & NCAA Bid
Sunday afternoon, Denver volleyball (20-7 overall, 13-3 Summit League) traveled to North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota with the regular season title on the line. After falling to South Dakota (13-3) in Vermillion, South Dakota on Friday night (25-18, 24-26, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-13) , the Pioneers had to win Sunday to secure a share of the regular season title.
Photo: DU’s campus was quiet with only one home match – women’s volleyball.
DU women’s volleyball (19-6, 11-2 Summit) faced Oral Roberts at Hamilton Gym. ORU had dumped the Pioneers 3-2 a month earlier in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hamilton Gym had a good crowd and the DU pep band added to the environment as the Pioneers were never threatened in a 3-0 pay-back victory. Continue reading Quiet Weekend in Review
Another great weekend for the Pioneers with three series sweeps and a tie. A Men’s Soccer tie and Women’s Soccer sweep) clinched regular season titles while a DU women’s volleyball home sweep moved them into first place in the Summit league. And, of course, Denver Hockey swept the much-improved Western Michigan Broncos on Friday and Saturday. Continue reading Weekend Recap
Men’s Hockey Sweeps Spartans
Denver hockey rolled into East Lansing Michigan and exited with a sweep. On Friday, Denver defeated the Spartans 2-1 behind Tanner Jaillet’s 19 of 20 saves along with goals from super freshman Henrik Borgstrom and sophomore Jarid Lukosevicius. On Saturday afternoon, Troy Terry scored one goal and another nearly invisible goal to lead the Pio’s to a 3-1 victory. The Pioneers have moved to 4-2 behind a four-game winning streak with one of their top scorers, Dylan Gambrell, out of the lineup with injury. Next series: At Magness Arena next weekend vs. Western Michigan.