Both teams were competing for the first time since the Sept. 11 national tragedy, but both offenses showed few signs of the extended layoff in the early going as USF hit .327 in game on while San Jose State tallied .347. In the end, the Spartans held a .230 - .194 edge in attack percentage for the match.
San Francisco got strong offensive performances from sophomore outside hitter Brittanie Budinger, who came off the bench to dispatch a team-high 17 kills on .325 hitting and wrapped up the double-double with 12 digs. Senior outside hitter Amanda Willnerd added 14 kills and a match-high 24 digs on her birthday. Senior opposite hitter Alyssa Jones and senior middle blocker Nikki Stover each added nine kills, while Jones also added five blocks on the night.
Sophomore setter April Scoggin dished out 48 assists and added four kills and five digs for USF, while her counterpart, senior Savannah Smith, helped out with 54 in the winning effort. Junior middle blocker Teresa Russell turned in another double-double performance with 10 kills and 18 digs.
USF returns to action Friday when they travel to Fresno State for a 7:00 match against the Bulldogs. The match is the first of a three-match road trip for San Francisco. The Dons open West Coast Conference play on the road at Saint Mary?s Friday, Sept. 28 in Moraga.