Denver Sweeps Cougars to Win Tournament

Sept. 19, 2004

DENVER, Colo. -- The University of Denver won its own Invitational Volleyball Tournament with a 30-25, 30-25, 30-26 win over Washington State Saturday night at Hamilton Gym on the DU campus.

All-tournament honors went to WSU's Jennifer Todd along with Tiffany Guthrie (Radford), Jen Malcom (Syracuse), Morgan Jones (Syracuse), Shannon Parker (DU), and MVP Kristin Halt (DU).

Denver, with three wins in the tournament, evened its overall record to 5-5. WSU dropped to 3-8 for the season.

Denver's Lisa Hunter led all players with 19 kills (.267) while Sarah Wirth had a match-high seven blocks. Shannon Parker had 41 assists and Sarah Adamis had 14 digs.

Jennifer Todd led the Cougs with 15 kills, hitting .448 and two blocks. Kelly Rosin added 13 kills (.250) and Jen Barcus led the team with five blocks. Stacey Holbrook dug up 16 and Nicole Martin had 43 assists.

'I think we let one get away from us against Syracuse but I thought this (Denver) was a very good team tonight. I thought we played pretty well tonight. We out-dug them and they out-blocked us by three which is not a huge differential and they out-hit us by just a little bit. Our effort was much better than it was this afternoon but the results were still the same,' first-year Head Coach Brian Heffernan said.

WSU raced to a 10-5 lead in the first game before Denver came back to tie it up at 16 points. The game was knotted five more times until the Pioneers put together four continuous scores to go up 25-22. The Cougs could not stop the strong DU attack and the home court team won this game 30-25. Hunter had six kills and Wirth had four blocks in this game as DU out-blocked WSU 6 to 1.

The second game had nine ties before DU went on a 9-2 run to go ahead 18-15. WSU put together a late charge and closed the gap to three, down 26-23, but Denver prevailed 30-25. Both squads hit .333 in this game.

The third game was evenly contested through eight ties to 19 points. Denver pulled ahead by three, 26-23 and held that lead until a Cougar hit the ball into the net to put the Pioneers at game point, 29-25. Todd had a block to deny DU its first attempt but Halt slammed down a kill in the back corner for the 30-26 game win and sweep of the Cougars.

'This week we will work on getting some sleep. The players are dead right now,' Heffernan said. 'We are trying to give them some days off from practice so they have legs and get some schoolwork done. The biggest thing we need to work on is the coordination of block and defense before we start Pac-10 play.'

WSU returns to Pullman for the final pre-conference match Tuesday, Sept. 21, against the University of Portland.

Denver (5-5)		30	30	30Washington State (3-8)	25	25	26STATISTICS:KILLS - DU 52 (Hunter 19), WSU 52 (Todd 15)HITTING PERCENTAGE - DU .259, WSU .208ASSISTS - DU 47 (Parker 41), WSU 49 (Martin 43)DIGS - DU 36 (Adamis 14), WSU 47 (Holbrook 16)BLOCKS - DU 11 (Wirth 7), WSU 8 (Barcus 5)SERVICE ACES - DU 4 (four with one each), WSU 2 (Todd, Billingsley 1 each)Attendance:  447.
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