Denver sweeps USD, Kritenbrink passes kills milestone

Three Denver Pioneers recorded 10 kills to push past the University of South Dakota volleyball team 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 on Saturday night in Hamilton Gymnasium.

Sarah Schmid, Nola Basey and Moni Corrujedo all recorded 10 kills while Brea Muhle added nine kills for the Pioneers (14-11, 8-4).  Kate Acker led Denver in digs with eight and Tori Moons had 37 assists.

South Dakota (18-10, 9-3) was led by Kendall Kritenbrink, who recorded 17 kills and moved into fourth on USD’s all-time kills list with 1,338 for her career.  She passed Kristen Miller (2002-05) for fifth at 1,324 and Lindsey Soukup for fourth at 1.331. Kritenbrink also led USD in digs with 10 for her 13th double-double of the season.

Outside of Kritenbrink, Tori Kroll tallied 34 assists, Natalie Walseth added seven kills and Audrey Reeg had six digs.

USD led just once in the match, taking a 12-11 lead in the third set off a setting error.  The Coyotes had 10 service errors while Denver recorded 7 service aces and were outkilled 44-39.

South Dakota is still tied for first in the Summit League standings after IUPUI was swept by Fort Wayne on Saturday.  Denver is one game back while Fort Wayne is two games behind the lead.

The Coyotes will play at Omaha on Friday at 7 p.m.

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