Category Archives: Volleyball

Pioneer Volleyball powers through challenging, emotional weekend

Photo: The Pioneers battle San Diego State in the finale of the Denver Invitational Tournament.  

DU volleyball had a solid weekend, winning two of three matches at the Denver Invitational. DU defeated Gonzaga (3-0) and UC Riverside (3-0) but fell in the Saturday nightcap 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 26-28) after battling back in the final game of the match but fell short (26-28). The Pioneers are now 9-3. Becca Latham and Kayla Principato were named to the All-Tournament Team. Continue reading Pioneer Volleyball powers through challenging, emotional weekend

Enduring defeat a part of most Championship Runs

Denver men’s soccer (3-3-0) and women’s volleyball (6-2) both went undefeated in August and looked to continue their dominance on the pitch and on the court in September.

Then, DU volleyball lost twice and men’s soccer dropped 3 out of 4 matches. Granted, both programs were felled under vastly different circumstances. Men’s soccer is considered a national Top-10 ranked power while Denver volleyball is an emerging program trying to make a statement after a 6-0 start. Continue reading Enduring defeat a part of most Championship Runs

Wait to dig DU Volleyball until next year? Maybe not

Photo: Pioneer players warm-up for the Pioneer Classic. Denver swept the tournament 3-0 and moved to a team-record 6-0.

DU volleyball was always going to be good this season but a 6-0 start, winning 18 of 21 games and two tournament wins (College of Charleston and Pioneer Classic), following the loss of four starters from last year’s NCAA squad, seemed improbable.

But why wait – DU can do big things this season. Continue reading Wait to dig DU Volleyball until next year? Maybe not

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.

Continue reading DU Volleyball at the USA Olympic Training Center

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