Aug. 25, 2007
(Seattle) - USF volleyball went 2-0 in day two of the 2007 Husky Invitational, coming from a 0-2 deficit to beat Cal State Northridge 3-2 and swept Fresno State 30-25, 30-20, 30-28 in the finale Saturday at the Bank of America Arena. The Dons (2-1) fell in the opener to No. 8 Washington and posted a runner-up showing in the event.
Junior middle blocker Carly Babin enjoyed a strong tournament for the Dons, averaging a team-high 3.64 kills on .325 hitting to go along with 1.09 blocks per game. Freshman opposite Sarah Mandala added 2.91 kills, while junior outside hitter Addie Webster came on for the Dons, averaging 2.70 kills and 3.30 digs with back-to-back double-double matches. Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos averaged 2.87 kills on a team-high .327 hitting with 0.74 blocks.
San Francisco setters did a capable job running the offense as the Dons employed a 6-2 and a 6-1 system. Junior Darcy Carroll averaged 9.29 assists per game, while freshman Alaina Sully added 9.22 per game. Sophomore libero Haley Carroll led the Dons with 4.80 digs per game.
San Francisco returns to action when it hosts the 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Challenge, beginning Friday August 31 at War Memorial Gym. The Dons host Oral Roberts at 7:00 PM in their home opener. USF welcomes the Golden Eagles, Colgate and Eastenr Washington to the Hilltop for the fifth annual event.
USF 3, Fresno State 0 (Husky Classic Game Five)
San Francisco won its second straight match with a 30-25, 30-20, 30-28 sweep against Fresno State. The Dons (2-1) dispatch the Bulldogs (0-3) for the second straight time.
Junior middle blocker Carly Babin recorded a match-high 15 kills with five blocks, while junior outside hitter Addie Webster posted her second straight double-double with 13 kills on .306 hitting to go along with 16 digs. Freshman opposite Sarah Mandala chipped in 12 kills and four blocks. Senior libero Brynn Maurer posted a match-high 18 digs and added a pair of aces.
San Francisco pounded 23 kills in game one, led by eight from Webster on .471 hitting, while Babin chipped in six to go along with a block. USF zoomed out to a 14-4 lead, then increased it to 20-7 in game two and rolled from there, taking a 2-0 lead into the intermission. The Dons hit .326 with 18 kills and just four errors. Mandala tallied seven kills to lead USF, while Gombos chipped in three.
San Francisco built an 11-3 lead and thwarted a late Bulldog rally to secure game three and the match. The Dons hit .256 in the final set with 19 kills.