DU students have begun their long winter break from November 21st until January 6th. But there are no breaks for DU’s student-athletes. DU Volleyball is competing for an NCAA Tournament berth starting Saturday night (6:00 pm MT) and Sunday afternoon (2:00 pm MT). Denver Hockey is trying to secure its first NCHC win against a tough Western Michigan team with two 7:07 starts Friday and Saturday night.
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Six straight 20-win seasons, 5 straight regular-season Summit League titles and five straight NCAA appearances have made Denver volleyball one of DU’s best-performing programs. However, despite all the recent success, this season’s Denver Volleyball squad (21-7, 13-3 Summit League) has been on a ‘roller coaster ride” according to head coach Tom Hogan. Continue reading Surging Denver Volleyball Set to Fight For NCAA Berth
The University of Denver volleyball team continued their hot play at home, sweeping the North Dakota State Bison (25-23, 25-19, 25-11) in Hamilton Gymnasium on Sunday, Nov 11, marking Denver’s second-straight victory and a fourth-straight home win. Continue reading Pioneer Volleyball Stays Hot, Sweeps North Dakota State Bison At Home
DENVER – The University of Denver women’s volleyball team swept the pesky North Dakota Fighting Hawks in a Summit League Volleyball match, 25-17, 27-25, and 25-15 on Friday night Nov. 8 before 254 fans at Hamilton Gym. The Pioneers have now won eight of their last nine matches, as the regular season heads toward the final three matches.
“I’m feeling really good,” said DU coach Tom Hogan postgame, about his DU team as the season moves toward completion. “We’re in a really good place…We have most of the last couple weeks [of the season playing] at home. It’s about us taking care of ourselves physically and mentally so we can go [toward the conference tournament] with fresh bodies and fresh minds.”
DU executed a .264 attack percentage as a key to victory over UND. Lydia Bartalo had a team=high 10 kills with a .476 hitting percentage to lead the Pios. Denver also had six blocks, led by Bartalo and Tina Boe.
“This year we’re getting better toward the end of season,” said DU junior setter Ellie Anderson. “In past years, we were better in the beginning of the season, so this year, I think it’s really good for us [to be peaking].”
The DU victory was the Pioneers’ 10th sweep in 2019, improving them to 18-7 overall and 10-3 in Summit League play. UND fell to 11-16 overall and 3-10 in Summit League play.
DU next plays on Sunday vs North Dakota State (1 PM MT).
Our thanks to Jason Evans for the quotes and photo.
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Denver finished with a home win and a road loss Sunday afternoon.
Women’s soccer secured a 1-0 victory on Senior Day against North Dakota State at CIBER Field while Denver volleyball fell 3-1 in Vermillion, S.D.. Continue reading Denver Women Split Sunday Matches
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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”. Continue reading Women’s Soccer Win Earns Thursday Showdown, Volleyball Sweeps
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Denver (7-2 Summit League) defeated Fort Wayne (7-3 Summit League ) 25-9, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23 at Hamilton Gym Friday evening. With the win, Denver avenged a similar score and loss at Fort Wayne earlier in the season and passed the Mastodons to move into second place in the Summit League. Denver trails only South Dakota (9-0) with seven conference games remaining and a road trip to South Dakota. Continue reading Denver Volleyball Passes Fort Wayne, 3-1, in Hard Earned Victory
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Denver volleyball (13-6, 6-1) powered by Western Illinois Sunday afternoon 25-14, 25-14 & 28-26. It was outside hitter Lydia Bartalo and Denver’s front line that proved too athletic and powerful for the Leathernecks. Bartalo had a dozen kills and Michelle Feliciano added 12 assists along with Macy Carribine’s 12 digs. The Pioneers wore pink jerseys in honor of Cancer Awareness. Continue reading Denver Sweeps Western Illinois, 3-0
Denver Men’s Soccer (2-9-2, 0-2-1 Summit League) find themselves in an unusual position following a Saturday 1-0 OT loss to Oral Roberts on the road. They may miss their own hosted Summit League tournament unless they win their next two games against Omaha and Fort Wayne. Currently, Denver is mired near the bottom of the standings with Eastern Illinois (0-1-2) and Purdue Fort Wayne (0-3-0). DU must pass both teams in the next two games to finish in fourth place and qualify for the conference tournament in Denver from November 14th-16th. By any measure, this would be a shocking result. Continue reading Final Fall Stretch Features Optimism and Desperation
Denver (10-6, 2-2 Summit League) lost in Hamilton Gym to the South Dakota Coyotes Sunday afternoon (23-25 ,25-11, 25-20, 16-25, 13-15). Head coach Tom Hogan warned that the 15-1 Coyotes would be a challenge for his young and inexperienced squad, especially this early in the season. Continue reading Denver Battles Inexperience and Coyotes in 3-2 loss