Aug. 25, 2007
(Seattle) - USF trailed 2-0, but rallied for a big 3-2 victory against Cal State Northridge, 27-30, 24-30, 30-27, 32-30, 15-10 Saturday afternoon in day two of the 2007 Husky Invitational at Bank of America Arena. The Dons (1-1) collect their inaugural win of the season and the first under new head coach Gilad Doron at the expense of the Matadors (1-1).
With the five-game victory, USF has won 10 of its last 11 matches going the distance. The Dons hit at a .224 clip for the match, while the Matadors hit at a .253 pace. San Francisco held a 80-71 kills edge and won the dig battle 80-82. After recording just two team blocks entering game three, USF finished with 10.
After a slow start, San Francisco got production from everybody on the roster. USF middles enjoyed a tremendous day as junior Carly Babin shattered her career-high with 20 kills on .429 hitting to go along with five blocks (three solo), while junior Alix Gombos matched her career-high with 16 kills on .500 hitting with five blocks (one solo).
Five Dons reached double-digit kills and two recorded double-doubles. Junior outside hitter Addie Webster enjoyed a strong match after a slow start, finishing with 12 kills and 17 digs, while senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer tallied 10 kills and 14 digs. Freshman opposite Sarah Mandala turned in 13 kills and a pair of blocks.
USF dug a hole early in game one, trailing 11-5. After a timeout the Dons roared back on a 10-1 run to seize a 15-12 advantage, prompting the Matadors to call time. Cal State Northridge rallied and tied the score at 18-18. San Francisco opened up a 25-22 lead, but the Matadors went on an 8-2 run to take game one. USF hit a dismal .125 with eight attack errors and three service errors.
In game two San Francisco led 11-10, but the Matadors pulled ahead capitalizing on more Dons miscues to take 13-12 edge and would not trail again. USF recorded more kills, 17-15, but committed eight attack errors and six service errors. Gombos led the way with four kills in the second set.
Down 2-0, San Francisco responded to the challenge and built a 17-11 lead in the third frame. After taking a timeout, Northridge responded to climb back in with a 6-2 run to close to within two at 19-17. The Matadors tied it at 22-22, but the Dons rallied for the win. USF hit at a .348 clip with 21 kills. Babin erupted for eight kills in the third set and Gombos added five.
USF rallied back from a 14-11 deficit to 16-15 edge and traded points with Matadors until taking the lead for good at 31-30 on a service ace by junior defensive specialist Tiffany Woo. Kearney then recorded the game-winning kill. Webster led the way in game four with six kills, while Mandala chipped in five. Babin led a strong Dons block with four (two solo) to go along with a pair of kills.
Cal State Northridge led 2-0 in game five, but USF went on a 7-2 run to seize momentum and rolled to the win. Five Matadors reached double-digit kills, led by 16 kills and 12 digs from Harmony Burdine. Val Kepler added 13 kills, while Angela Hupp tallied 11 kills and 13 digs.
USF closes out tournament play against Fresno State (0-2) at 5:00 PM at the Bank of America Arena.