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Senior outside hitter Jami Bari was named the Most Valuable Player of the Santa Clara University Invitational, hosted by the Fremont Marriott, after leading the 24th-ranked Broncos to a five-game victory over North Carolina this afternoon at the Leavey Center for the tournament title

Senior outside hitter Jami Bari was named the Most Valuable Player of the Santa Clara University Invitational, hosted by the Fremont Marriott, after leading the 24th-ranked Broncos to a five-game victory over North Carolina this afternoon at the Leavey Center for the tournament title. Game scores were 30-24, 27-30, 22-30, 30-24, 15-6.

"Jami was the backbone of all the little things this weekend," head coach Jon Wallace said. "Our passing, defense, leadership, setting the tone, she was awesome. She also hit unbelievably well this weekend. Last year I don't think she hit over .200 and last night she hit over .400 and today over .300. She's really coming into her senior year and that's allowing her to play at a really high level."

Rounding out the all-tournament team were sophomore outside hitters Jessie Mechem and Becky Potter for the Broncos, North Carolina's Nicole Reis, UC Santa Barbara's Danielle Bauer and Creighton's Melissa Walsh.

The Broncos improve to 7-1 on the season and finished the weekend undefeated. North Carolina wrapped up the tournament with a 1-2 mark to move to 4-3 overall.

Bari finished with 18 kills, her final mark coming at match point. Mechem added 16 and Potter 15. Defense played a major role with freshman middle blocker Christina Vick and Potter combining for three of the squad's seven blocks. Thompson recorded a match-high 23 digs to lead five Broncos in double figures in that category.

Reis led North Carolina with 19 kills while Greene added 16.

The Broncos return to action Tuesday at the Leavey Center, hosting Big West Champion and 2000 NCAA Tournament participant Sacramento State at 7 p.m.