In an announcement today, “The Summit League’s Presidents Council agreed to delay the start of fall sports for member institutions until Sept. 23 based upon the recommendation from the League’s Joint Council due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The statement went on to state that the Council would continue to be “flexible in an ever-changing environment”.
During this time of uncertainty, what do top coaches do to create stability and plan for success following the COVID-19 pandemic? Just take a look at one of DU’s most successful programs, volleyball, to find out. Led by head coach Tom Hogan, assistant head coach Katelin Opitz and staff, the program believe they can use this uncertain time to build a stronger team and create a competitive advantage. Continue reading Denver Volleyball Keeping Eye on the Ball→
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→
#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.
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→
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.