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USF volleyball opened the 2001 campaign with a 30-23, 30-20, 33-31 sweep of Furman in the second match of the 2001 Molten Golden Gate Invitational Friday in War Memorial Gym

USF volleyball opened the 2001 campaign with a 30-23, 30-20, 33-31 sweep of Furman in the second match of the 2001 Molten Golden Gate Invitational Friday in War Memorial Gym. San Francisco advances to the championship match on Saturday where they will face Cincinnati, after the Bearcats (1-0) defeated Wyoming (0-1) three games to one in opening round action.

USF (1-0) was powered by junior middle blocker Teresa Russell, who tallied a match-high 15 kills on .452 hitting, while sophomore outside hitter Brittanie Budinger added 11 kills and 11 digs. Russell completed her night with 20 digs to round out the double-double and added five blocks.

San Francisco??s offense proved overpowering early on as USF hit .271 in game one and improved to hit at a .387 clip in game two, while the Lady Paladins managed just .063 and .093 in the first two frames respectively. Sophomore setter April Scoggin dished out a game-high 30 assists, before giving way to freshman setter Meghan Sanborn in game three, who finished with 13 digs. USF finished the match with a .255 attack percentage.

Furman got 14 kills from Abby Simon, while Amber Montague chipped in 11. Carrie Rowley dug a team-high 17, while setter Laura Hooks dished out 17 assists.

Other contributors offensively for USF were senior outside hitter Amanda Willnerd with eight kills and 13 digs, while senior middle blocker Nikki Stover seven kills on .545 hitting.

USF hosts Cincinnati in the championship at 7:00 PM Saturday at War Memorial Gym, while Furman takes on Wyoming in the consolation match at 5:00 PM.