Aug. 24, 2007
(Seattle, WA) - USF kicked off the 2007 regular season in Seattle, dropping a 3-0 (30-21, 30-20, 30-20) decision to No. 8 Washington Friday night in the 2007 Husky Classic at the Bank of America Arena. The Dons (0-1) played well in stretches, but the Huskies (1-0), the 2005 NCAA Champions improved to 39-1 on the home floor and have not lost in the Emerald City since November 26, 2004.
Freshman opposite Sarah Mandala was impressive in her Dons debut, with a team-high seven kills on .333 hitting. Senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer also added seven for USF, while sophomore libero Haley Carroll recorded a match-high 15 digs. Junior setter Darcy Carroll dished out 20 assists.
USF held a slight block advantage for the game as senior opposite Linzy Kearney tallied four blocks (two solo) to go along with four kills. Junior middle blocker Carly Babin and sophomore outside hitter Anna Berger each recorded five kills for the Dons.
"It's a tough start against a very strong team playing at home," USF head coach Gilad Doron said. "They challenged us in a lot of ways. They served much better than we did and they had more size across the board. We did some good things and hopefully we can continue to improve tomorrow. If we can learn from this game and learn what it takes to build a strong team, this match will help us along the way."
San Francisco jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but the Huskies roared back with a 10-2 run to seize a 10-5 lead it would not surrender. USF closed to within six at 15-9 but UW pulled away to secure the opening game.
After trailing 4-0 off the bat in the second game, USF fought back and narrowed the gap to one at 15-14 and again at 16-15. The Dons were there own worst enemy from there as six attack and two service errors fueled a 14-5 run as Washington took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
USF opened with a 7-5 lead in game three, but used an 8-2 run to build a 13-9 edge. The Dons tied the score at 13 with four unanswered points. It was all Huskies from there as they closed on a 17-7 roll.
San Francisco returns to tournament action Saturday with a pair of matches. The Dons tackle Cal State Northridge at 1:00 PM before taking on Fresno State at 5:00 PM. Both matches are in the Bank of America Arena.