Aug. 31, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball swept Oral Roberts 30-23, 30-25, 30-26 in match two of the 2007 Asics/PowerAde Challenge Friday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (3-1) hit a season-high .330 for the match and got strong productions from everyone against the Golden Eagles (2-3).
Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala dazzled in her home debut, recording a team-high 12 kills on .625 hitting. Junior middle blocker Carly Babin also tallied 12 kills on .500 hitting to go along with a remarkable nine kills (two solo). Senior opposite hitter Linzy Kearney helped key a strong Dons block, while junior middle blocker Alix Gombos tallied nine kills on .400 hitting with two blocks, with six blocks to go along with five kills and a pair of assists.
San Francisco enjoyed a dominating 11-4 blocking advantage. Oral Roberts hit .378 in game one with 18 kills and just four errors. USF's defense rose to the challenge and the Golden Eagles managed a dismal .093 in game two, .095 in the final set.
Senior libero Brynn Maurer recorded a match-high 12 digs, upping her career tally to 1,412 and in the process moved into sixth place on the West Coast Conference career digs chart, passing former Pepperdine standout Christine Hinds (1,404).
"Oral Roberts challenged us in a different way than the teams we faced last week did," USF head coach Gilad Doron said. "They never got frustrated and kept working. It was good to see us execute well the last six or seven points in all three games. This is something we need to do over the course of the entire match. I think Sarah continued to play well and Carly was strong."
In the opening match of the 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Challenge, Eastern Washington came back from a 0-2 deficit to win 3-2 against Colgate. The Dons take on Colgate at 11:00 AM Saturday in match three of the tournament and wrap up action with a 7:00 PM match against the Eagles.
Complete Saturday schedule runs below.
Saturday, September 1USF vs. COLGATE11:00 AMEastern Washington vs. Oral Roberts 1:00 PMColgate vs. Oral Roberts5:00 PMUSF vs. EASTERN WASHINGTON7:00 PM