Aug. 26, 2006
(Tucson) - San Francisco improved to 2-0 on the young season after a convincing 30-27, 30-19, 30-18 sweep of Siena Saturday in the second day of the Four Points Sheraton Arizona Invitational at the McKale Center. The Dons (2-0) got production throughout the lineup against the Saints (0-2).
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way offensively for the Dons with 11 kills and set a career-high with six service aces. Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger chipped in eight kills, while sophomore middle Alix Gombos added seven kills on .636 hitting to go along with three blocks.
Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll dished out 27 assists and added nine digs and four kills as the Dons hit for a .196 clip for the match, including a .333 clip in game three. Freshman libero Haley Carroll turned in a match-high 14 digs, while sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin turned in a career-high with four blocks (one solo).
San Francisco opened up a comfortable 9-3 lead in game one and extended it to 20-12 before Siena went on an 8-1 run to close to 21-19. The Dons regained control and closed the Saints out on a pair of kills from Hasselberg and one from Kearney on game point.
USF got off to a slow start in the second game, trailing 11-10, but then seized control going on an impressive 20-8 run to close out the Saints.
After building a 10-9 lead in the third set, the Dons jumped out to an 11-3 run, cruising to the win. Berger led the way with five kills, while Hasselberg added four kills and an ace in the decisive game.
USF returns to action when it takes on tournament host No. 18 Arizona in the finale. First serve is set for 7:00 PM at the McKale Center.
NOTES: With the win, USF improves to 18-2 against teams east of the Mississippi since the start of the 2000 campaign... Hasselberg moves into sole possession of 13th place on the USF career kills chart with 749, passing Megan Morse (1991-94) who tallied 741.