DENVER - The University of Denver volleyball team travels to Fort Collins, Colo., this weekend to open its 2012 campaign at the Rams Volleyball Rocky Mountain Invitational. The four-team tournament is a two-day affair and includes games against Rhode Island on Friday, and host Colorado State and Virginia on Saturday.
The Pioneers' match against Rhode Island begins at 4:30 p.m. MT, while their match against the Rams on Saturday begins at 1 p.m. MT. Denver closes out the Invitational on Saturday at 5 p.m. MT against Virginia.
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Live Stats and a live audio broadcast of each match will be available. Pioneer fans can listen to the match between Denver and CSU on Saturday live in the Fort Collins area on 90.5 FM (KCSU). Fans outside of the area can listen worldwide on www.KCSUFM.com. Fans can also watch the matches through CSU's All-Access subscription streaming video. The live feed will be synced to the home radio broadcast. For more information, go to www.CSURams.com/AllAccess. Live updated will be available on DU volleyball's twitter feed at @DU_Volleyball.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
The Pioneers are 5-8 in season openers since joining the DI ranks in 1999. Last season, DU went 13-15 overall, while finishing with a 10-6 mark in its final season in the Sun Belt Conference. The Pioneers return 11 letter winners and five starters from last year's team, while welcoming four newcomers. First-year head coach Jesse Mahoney will be making his homecoming this weekend as he served as CSU's associate head coach from 2005-11.
SCOUTING THE RHODE ISLAND RAMS
In his 31 years at Rhode Island, head coach Bob Schneck has amassed and all-time record of 537-433 and comes into the 2012 season after finishing 15-15 last season. The Rams return four starters from a team that finished sixth in the Atlantic 10 last season, including Britta Baarstad who finished second on the team with a 3.01 kills per set average. A Centennial, Colo., native and Grandview High School standout, junior Jill Anderson will be making her homecoming this weekend. Anderson needs just two blocks to move into 20th place in Rhode Island history. DU holds the advantage in the all-time series against Rhode Island (1-0).
The Rams have won their season-opening match each of the last two years, and have won their home opener 11 times in Hilbert's 15 seasons, including four of the past five. The Rams finished 24-6 last season, including 12-2 in the Mountain West Conference. CSU has a talented group of returning players, including a quartet of seniors in outside hitter Dana Cranston, libero Izzy Gaulia, and middle blockers Brieon Paige and Megan Plourde. Additionally, CSU will have its starting setter-Deedra Foss-at the net, in addition to several other players. DU holds the advantage in the all-time series against Rhode Island (1-0) and Virginia (1-0), but trail CSU 3-13.
In just his second season at the helm of the Cavalier's volleyball program, head coach Dennis Hohenshelt looks to improve off the 10-20 finish from last season. Virginia returns four starters from last year's team, including senior Jessica O'Shoney, who ranked 50th nationally with a .347 hitting percentage a year ago. DU holds the advantage in the all-time series against Rhode Island (1-0) and Virginia (1-0), but trail CSU 3-13.
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