Sep 10- San Francisco was the only WCC team in action on Tuesday night and the Dons swept Maryland-Eastern Shore in their home opener. USF stretched their winning streak to nine matches, the longest in program history.
San Francisco 3, Maryland-Eastern Shore 0
USF hit .362 as a team and wasted little time in sweeping visiting Maryland-Eastern Shore 30-20, 30-22, 30-22 in non-conference volleyball action Wednesday at War Memorial Gym in the 2003 home opener. With the victory, San Francisco (9-0) improves on the best start in program history and sets the record for the longest winning streak (nine) at the expense of the Hawks (7-3).
Senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger was honored in a pre-match ceremony for becoming the sixth player in Dons volleyball history to surpass 1,000 career kills and was unstoppable once again for USF. Budinger pounded a match-high 18 kills on .536 hitting - a new career best - to pace San Francisco. Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell added 12 kills on .400 hitting to go along with four blocks (one solo), while senior outside hitter Caroline Skacel added a match-high 12 digs for the Dons.
San Francisco's defense limited the Hawks to a .043 attack percentage for the contest, while USF's offense hit at a .469 clip in game one with just four attack errors. USF hit .357 in game two and in game three forced the Hawks to hit negative at -.111.
USF played in front of a nice crowd announced at 655 in the home opener of the Jeff Nelson era.