Volleyball Loses to Denver 3-0

Sept. 16, 2007

Box Score

DENVER, Colo. -- Washington State's volleyball team ended the Pioneer Classic with a disappointing 30-22, 30-23, 30-21, loss to host school University of Denver Saturday night at Hamilton Gym on the University of Denver campus. Long Beach State won the tournament with a 3-0 record followed by Ohio with a 2-1 record and Denver with a 1-2 record.

'We ran into a very good opponent tonight. They played excellent,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'They served well and passed well and ran a nice offense against us. Our team did not play poorly but we got beat by a good opponent tonight.'

WSU, now 9-5, was led by the 10 kills from both Jackie Albright and Brittany Johnson. Kelly Hyder had a match-high 16 digs and was named to the all-tournament team. Maureen Perez had 25 assists, three aces and two blocks. Tara West and Cassie Robbins also each contributed two blocks.

Denver, 5-7, was led by all-tournament selection Holly Benson's 12 kills and nine digs. Clare Maxwell had 35 assists and Kerry Potter had three blocks.

DU stretched a first game lead from 20-15 to a 30-22 win. The Cougars led the second game by seven but the Pioneers battled back with a 12-5 run to tie it at 21 points and then forge ahead for the 30-23 win. WSU could only sporadically place points on the board in the third game and Denver captured the 30-21 game and the match.

Denver hit .245 as a team and held the Cougars to a .060 hitting percentage.

Washington State moves into Pacific-10 Conference play next weekend with matches at Oregon State and Oregon.

Denver (5-7) def. Washington State (9-5) 30-22, 30-23, 30-21KILLS - WSU 35 (Albright 10, Johnson 10), DU 45 (Benson 12)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .060, DU .245ASSISTS - WSU 30 (Perez 25), DU 41 (Maxwell 35)DIGS - WSU 36 (Hyder 16), DU 45 (Muller 9, Benson 9)BLOCKS - WSU 4 (West 2, Robbins 2, Perez 2), DU 4 (Porter 3)SERVICE ACES - WSU 3 (Perez 3), DU 3 (Muller 1, Hampton 1, Benson 1)Attendance:  530.
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