Category Archives: Volleyball

DU Volleyball at the USA Olympic Training Center

Colorado Springs, CO – When putting together a preseason article on DU volleyball, what better place to be than Denver’s preseason practice at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs? The team is preparing for the start of the upcoming season August 25th when they open their season against Tennessee State in Charleston, S.C.

With a solid week of scheduled practices and sleeping, eating and breathing volleyball alongside Olympic hopefuls, the team is building on their culture, identifying program goals, and focusing on skill building. The practice that I attended featured 6-on-6 play for over two hours with peer feedback, small group coaching, speed, and skill development.

Video: 6-on-6 games were the foundation for coaching feedback and evaluation.

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Denver can, should bring the beach to the Front Range

Title IX is starting to drive the growth of the Women’s volleyball – as well as the broad appeal of ‘the beach’ on college campuses. At DU, more than half the DI athletes are men, yet 54% of undergrads are female.

USC downed Pepperdine in Gulf Shores, Alabama to win this year’s NCAA women’s beach volleyball championship. UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, and UCLA are logical coastal participants in beach volleyball, but Missouri State, Eastern Kentucky University, and Houston Baptist have teams, too.

Why? Continue reading Denver can, should bring the beach to the Front Range

Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Photo Courtesy University of Denver Magazine

LetsGoDU friend CD Dunks reminds us that there is no need to use the term ‘mid-major’. And the same goes for ‘secondary sport’ – i.e. any sport that is not called football or Power-Five conference basketball. The big question is: Has Peg Bradley-Doppes simply built one of the finest athletic department in the land?  Continue reading Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Stanford’s Championship Shows Pioneer Progress

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

Puck Swami: Is the men’s soccer team making the 2016 College Cup DU’s greatest sporting achievement?

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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?

Denver Battles Stanford but Comes Up Short

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

Under-the-Radar Denver volleyball faces Stanford in NCAA Tournament action

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

Denver Volleyball Captures Another Title & NCAA Bid

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

Clutch Volleyball Win Secures Summit League Title

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.

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