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USF volleyball swept the field at the Virginia Commonwealth Tournament to capture their first title of 2001 and third out of their last five

USF volleyball swept the field at the Virginia Commonwealth Tournament to capture their first title of 2001 and third out of their last five. Leading the way for USF was tournament MVP April Scoggin, who dished out 91 assists in nine games and ran a USF offense that hit at a .302 clip during the two-day event. Joining the sophomore on the all-tournament team were senior outside hitter Kathrin Kroenig, who hit a career-high 12 kills on .429 hitting in the title match and junior middle blocker Teresa Russell, who hit .361 with 30 kills and 10 blocks.

After sweeping Elon in the opening round of the tournament on Friday, San Francisco continued their dominating play on day two with a 30-25, 30-18, 30-21 win against Bucknell in the early match and a convincing 30-20, 30-21, 30-16 victory against the host Rams. With the win, USF improves to 5-2 on the season.

USF competes at the Air Force Tournament next weekend with opening round action against Idaho State on Friday. The Dons play host Air Force and Providence on Saturday in Colorado Springs.

USF Defeats Virginia Commonwealth 3-0:

USF hit at a .351 clip in game one and committed just 12 attack errors in the match to secure a sweep against the host Rams and the tournament championship. Kroenig dominated play with a career-high tying 12 kills and also established a new career-best with 12 digs. Senior outside hitter Amanda Willnerd turned in an eight kill, nine dig performance.

San Francisco dominated all aspects of the contest and held a 53-25 advantage in kills and a .331-.045 edge in attack percentage. Senior opposite Alyssa Jones also added seven kills and a pair of blocks.

USF Defeats Bucknell 3-0:

San Francisco took advantage of a season-high 13 service aces, combined with 12 Bucknell service errors to complete the sweep of the Bison. Russell led the way with a match-high 11 kills on .556 hitting, while senior middle blocker Nikki Stover added nine kills on .571 hitting. As a team, San Francisco hit at a .277 rate, while the Bison hit .128. Scoggin dished out 27 assists and added a career-high seven service aces.

001 VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Shannon Walker, Bucknell Laura Griffin, Elon Maria LaBrutto, Elon Kathrin Kroenig, San Francisco Teresa Russell, San Francisco April Scoggin, San Francisco (tournament MVP) Lauren Nussman, Virginia Commonwealth