Sept. 3, 2011
DENVER, Colo. - Junior Maiya Perich was named Best Libero of the Denver Invitational by a vote of tournament coaches, the University of Denver announced this evening (Sept. 3) at the conclusion of the three-day event. Freshman Ayesha Hein was also named to Denver's all-tournament team, marking the second straight week that Perich and Hein have earned all-tournament honors.
Perich had a stellar weekend at libero for Air Force, setting the Academy's Division I record for digs in a single-match with 36 against Denver on Sept. 1. For the weekend, she averaged 5.8 digs per game (70 total), while successfully receiving 104 of the 110 opponent serves she faced. In addition to surpassing the 20-dig mark against Bryant, Perich also added four service aces to her weekend totals and posted the best dig totals on either team in each of Air Force's three matches.
Hein continues to shine for the Falcons, posting 37 kills and eight total blocks over the three-match weekend. In the win over Bryant, Hein led all players with 15 kills, while assisting on four blocks and posting a match-best .500 hitting percentage (15k-1e-28a). She also posted double-figure kills (14) against Denver, while tallying her first solo block of the year.
The pair was joined on the all-tournament team by Tiffany Fisher (MVP), Ariel Turner and Blair Bashen of tournament champion Purdue, as well as Denver's Faimie Kingsley.
Purdue won the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record, while Denver, Air Force and Bryant all finished with matching 1-2 marks. Based on the tournament's tie-breaking procedures, Denver claimed the runner-up spot with six set victories and Air Force placed third with five. Bryant also had five set wins, but finished fourth based on its loss to the Falcons.
Air Force returns to action this weekend, when it hosts the 2011 Falcon Invitational on Sept. 9-10. The Falcons will host Utah Valley, South Carolina-Upstate and Northern Arizona at Falcon Court at East Gym.