Earlier this week, the NCAA gave clearance for schools to bring football and basketball players back to practice on campus on June 1st. In the wake of the NCAA’s announcement, the Joint Council of the Summit League, which is made up of school athletic directors and senior woman administrators, recently agreed to keep the current conference schedules, tournament qualifier criteria, and tournament structure in place for the upcoming school year despite the crippling financial implications of COVID-19 across the country. That means that eight teams will continue to qualify for the Sioux Falls basketball tournament which determines the Summit League representative for the NCAA tournament. Continue reading Summit League Announces 2020-2021 Plans
In 2010, when the decade began, the University of Denver was known primarily as a hockey school, supplemented by many NCAA ski titles. Continue reading University of Denver Athletics’ Decade in Review: Top 10 Moments of the Decade
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#3 seed Stanford used their size and skill to defeat Denver Friday night in Palo Alto, California, 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, and 25-15). And, DU was not the only program getting swept in the first round – none of the 16 seeded teams lost a single game in the first round.
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This Friday, Denver (23-8, 13-3) will face the third-seeded defending national champion Stanford Cardinal (24-4, 18-2 PAC-12) at the Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Stanford’s senior class is gunning for its fourth-straight Final Four appearance and third National Championship. It’s a tough draw for Denver, to say the least. Continue reading Denver Volleyball to Face Defending National Champion in NCAA First Round
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With Denver volleyball (23-8) already in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday afternoon’s contest was a ‘tune-up’ for the Pioneers’ and an important seeding opportunity for CSU. But, to add to the intrigue, #11 Colorado State (29-1) has qualified for the NCAA Tournament as well. The NCAA often schedules regional games in the first round of the playoffs to reduce travel costs so the Rams and Pioneers may well meet again in less than a week. Continue reading DU Battles CSU to Fifth Set before falling, 3-2, at Magness Arena Tune-up
Photo: Courtesy of Jason Evans. Denver players storm the court after game deciding point.
Make no mistake, the match between Omaha (19-14, 10-6) and Denver (23-7, 13-3) was much closer than the final score would indicate. Denver employed a quick 2-set start, 25-21 and 21-13, to build what looked like a comfortable cushion. Omaha charged back in the third set to win 25-22. DU built an 18-10 lead in the deciding fourth game but the Mavericks came charging back to close the DU advantage to 21-18. DU countered with four straight points on two kills and two forced errors to close out the game and earn the Summit League Tournament Championship and NCAA berth.
The win marks Denver’s 5th conference title in the Summit League.
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.