NCAA First Round
Colorado State 3, Denver 0
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (denverpioneers.com) – The University of Denver volleyball team fell to the nation's No. 15 seed, Colorado State, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-22) in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Friday night at Moby Arena. The Pioneers finished the 2014 campaign with a 27-7 mark; the best in its DI history, while also tying for the program's all-time wins record (1991). Friday was Denver's first NCAA Tournament match in program history.
Freshman setter Piyusha Boteju started for injured senior Bailey Karst . Boteju finished with 17 assists on the evening, splitting the primary setting duties with sophomore setter Monique Domme who had 11 assists.
Hosts Colorado State (30-2) led most of the first set, until the Pioneers took their first lead of the match at 17-16 in the first set on blocks by sophomore Moni Corrujedo and redshirt-senior middle blocker Erica Denney . The teams traded serve to make it 18-17, before Colorado State went on a 3-0 run to make it 20-18 in the opening stanza. CSU went on to win the opening set 25-21.
Sophomore Nola Basey , Corrujedo and junior middle blocker Sarah Schmid all finished with three kills to lead the Pioneers in the first set. Domme had five digs in the opening stanza, and would finish the match with 11 digs. Basey finished the match with a team-high 10 kills, followed by eight from Corrujedo.
Colorado State jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second set, and Denver wouldn't get within three from that point on in the frame. Denver strung together a pair of mini runs in the set (3-0, 4-0), but the Rams went on to win the second by a count of 25-17. Sophomore middle blocker Ruth Okoye led Denver with three kills in the second.
The Rams raced out to an early 8-4 lead in the third set, but the Pioneers answered with a 7-3 run to tie it up at 11, and eventually took a 13-12 lead, their only lead in the set. CSU went on a run of its own, and wrapped up the match by winning the final set 25-22.
Senior libero Kate Acker finished with eight digs in her final match with the Crimson and Gold.
Prior to Friday night, Karst had missed just three sets all season. Karst, Acker and Denney are the Pioneers' three seniors.
Colorado State will advance to play Colorado in the NCAA Second Round Saturday evening at 4:30 p.m. MT. The Buffs topped Northern Colorado in four sets in the first sub regional semifinal on Friday evening.