Denver (1-0) swept Omaha (1-2, 0-1) on Sunday afternoon at Hamilton Gym after missing the entire prior season due to COVID-19. The Pioneers had missed 416 days of competitive volleyball with no preseason matches prior to the contest. The early season match pitted two top division Summit League foes against each other. Denver was ranked #2 in the Summit League Preseason Poll and Omaha #3.
The Pioneers swept the Mavs 29-27, 25-21 and 25-18. Continue reading Denver Sweeps Omaha to Open Volleyball Season
With the delayed 2020 season beginning this month, the DU volleyball team is back in the gym. And, like all of us, this program and its student-athletes are facing an uncertain season. As a result, head coach Tom Hogan has devised a plan that is far from typical or normal for a team facing such uncertain times.
Despite years of success, the prior coaching ‘blueprint’ is out for this season and the squad has new priorities for the 2021 season. Continue reading Preview: 2021 DU Volleyball Prioritizes Student-Athletes
Denver County along with 15 other counties in Colorado are moving to level red, effective this Friday, November 20th. Level Red used to be the highest level on Colorado’s dial and would have triggered a stay-at-home order but state officials have pushed back the threshold that counties need to qualify for a lockdown by adding an even higher status — Level Purple (presumably an homage to the Rockies’ incompetence in the last couple of years). Continue reading Denver County Moves to Level Red, DU to be Directly Affected
The Summit League’s plans for the resumption of soccer and volleyball, fall sports, were released last week. Generally, the conference followed a similar approach employed for basketball scheduling by establishing a double round-robin format to save on travel costs. Continue reading Summit League Announces Spring Plan for Soccer and Volleyball
With the announcement by the NCAA Division I Council this week regarding the start of college basketball, the start for volleyball and soccer was decided as well. Continue reading Volleyball and Soccer Springs Start Dates Announced
(Assuming hockey and hoops start with conference games only in January).
- DU fans pleading to bring football back to the DU campus
- Snow soccer
- Omaha men’s soccer pretending that they really have a chance
Continue reading Top 10 Things We Won’t Miss with Fall Athletics Postponed
In an news release Monday afternoon, the Summit League announced the postponement of all conference fall sports to the spring.
Fall collegiate sports will be postponed until the spring of 2021 when, hopefully, COVID-19 vaccines and treatment are expected to be more readily available. The fate of DU hockey has not been made by the NCHC to this point. While this decision became more likely over the past several days, the loss of spring sports will be a disappointment to many and a reminder that these times are anything but ‘normal’.
The Summit League will hold a press conference tomorrow and we will report additional details as they become available.
Various outlets from around the country have reported that college presidents from the Big 10 have voted against playing football this fall. The PAC 12 is said to be in a similar position. After emergency meetings over the weekend, the two conferences are reportedly reaching out to the ACC, SEC, and Big 12 to gain a consensus among the Power Five. The potential move of football to the spring would have far-reaching consequences for spring sports. Continue reading As Football Decisions are Made, Fall Sports Could Evaporate this Week
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”.
As for DU athletics, the delay will result in a conference-only schedule for the sports of women’s soccer, men’s soccer and volleyball. Competitive schedules for men’s and women’s men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis will also be delayed until September 23. The delay will not impact any Summit League winter or spring sports at this time. Continue reading Summit League Pushes Fall Sports to Conference-Only Schedule Starting September 23rd
While the Power 5 conferences (PAC-12, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, ACC) remain steadfast in fall sports, many other smaller conferences have decided to cancel, postpone or push their fall sports into the winter or spring. If DU was to make such a move, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball would be the most impacted by such a move. Continue reading Fall Sports Beginning to Feel Effects of COVID Cancellation/Postponement