It’s Denver – Omaha to Battle for NCAA Bid, Again

It only took a week but Denver (22-7, 13-3) and Omaha (19-3, 10-6) are set to face off yet again with a Summit League Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA bid on the line.

Denver men took the soccer title last Saturday, November 16th. Now, Denver women’s volleyball has another chance against the Mavericks on Sunday afternoon at Hamilton Gym to regain the conference title that they lost last season.

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5 Reasons to Attend DU Volleyball Tonight

  • Last chance to see a living, breathing Mastodon. Next season Fort Wayne is moving to the Horizon League.
  • Learn that a libero has nothing to do your political leanings, an outside-hitter is not a baseball player with bad judgement and a kill is actually a good thing.
  • Experience the irony of DU turning out the lights on Fort Wayne,  the first electrically lighted city in the world (March 31, 1880).
  • Payback for Fort Wayne resident Philo Farnsworth who invented the game console and breathalyzer, both a bane and gift to society.
  • Free tickets for the first 50 fans who ask for the ‘LetsGoDU Special’ at the ticket office before the 6:00 match *Saturday night.

*Same offer stands for the Sunday’s 2:00 pm Championship final with an automatic NCAA playoff birth.

**DU Hockey at 7:07 pm.

Pioneers can’t stop slide as Western Michigan takes game one, 2-1

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DENVER – Once a slide starts, it’s hard to stop. The longer it goes, the more momentum it gains. At a certain point, it becomes an avalanche that’s impossible to stop. In the midst of their own four-game slide, the #4 Denver Pioneers welcomed the #20 Western Michigan Broncos to Magness Arena and lost game one of the weekend by a score of 2-1 to extend their winless streak to five, dating back to the Minnesota Duluth series two weeks ago. Continue reading Pioneers can’t stop slide as Western Michigan takes game one, 2-1

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Western Michigan

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It was another difficult weekend for No. 4 Denver who went 0-1-1 against North Dakota.  They averaged almost 30 shots vs sophomore goaltender Adam Scheel who only let in two goals all weekend en route to earning NCHC Goaltender of the Week honors.  Denver wasn’t able to capitalize on the power play and also had issues staying out of the penalty box.  In close games like these with rivals like the Fighting Hawks, it comes down to who makes the most mistakes and the Pioneers did just that.  Following a game in which coach David Carle called “embarrassing for us all around,” the Pioneers host the No. 20 Western Michigan Broncos who have won five of their last seven games.

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MSU Wears Down Denver in NCAA Playoff Win, 1-0

A 30-minute rain delay and soggy field met the Denver Pioneers Thursday night at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium in Springfield, Missouri. The first half was a defensive affair between the Denver Pioneers and the Missouri State Bears. Denver tried to attack down the middle of the field with long runs from Preston Judd. Missouri State worked their offense from the wings and launched kicks into the box. Most of the half, Denver packed the defensive end, content to make long forays into Bear territory. Neither team could score a goal with the Bears earning the best opportunity to score at 30:02. MSU’s  Jack Denton fired a shot from the top of the box low right and Denver’s keeper Will Palmquist made a sliding save. The Bears had 5 shots and 3 shots-on-goal while Denver could only muster 3 shots for the half. Continue reading MSU Wears Down Denver in NCAA Playoff Win, 1-0

Denver to Battle Tough Missouri State Side in Tonight’s NCAA First-Round Match

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As the only undefeated soccer squad in Division I, it was time for #12 Missouri State Bears to flash the disrespect card. The Bears’ head coach, Jon Learny, following the NCAA Tournament selection show Monday, did little to brush off the frustration of losing a first-round bye when he told the Springfield-News Leader,  “A bunch of suits in Indianapolis determine this crap, not us,” Jon Leamy said. “We play games and that’s what we like to do. We’ll go anywhere at any time to play. Teams need to play each other and that’s how we find out who’s best.” Continue reading Denver to Battle Tough Missouri State Side in Tonight’s NCAA First-Round Match

LetsGoDU Special Offer – Show your Pioneer Holiday (Break) Spirit

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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Surging Denver Volleyball Set to Fight For NCAA Berth

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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

Denver lays egg against North Dakota in 4-1 loss to extend winless streak to four games

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DENVER – Just a few weeks ago, everything was all sunshine and rainbows for the #2 Denver Pioneers. They sat at 8-0-0 after dominating their way through their early nonconference slate. Now, four games later, at 8-2-2 and winless (in regulation) in NCHC play, the Pioneers have been giving a few heaping doses of reality, the latest in the form of a 4-1 home loss to the archrival #9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks at Magness Arena on Saturday night. Seasons are marathons, not sprints and this is likely just the first of a number of bumps in the Pioneers’ road to Detroit, but tonight, that little, barely noticeable bump got a whole lot bigger. Continue reading Denver lays egg against North Dakota in 4-1 loss to extend winless streak to four games

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