Sept. 1, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF got off to a strong start, but needed late rallies to push past San Jose State 3-2 (30-27, 29-31, 24-30, 30-22, 15-11) in the first match of the 2006 USF Powerade/Asics Classic Friday night at War Memorial Gym. Four players reached double-figure kills for the Dons (3-1), who downed the Spartans (3-1) for the second straight season with the victory and have now won seven consecutive five-game matches.
San Francisco got a monster night from sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos, who tallied the first double-double with a career-high 15 kills on .419 hitting to go along with 10 blocks, also a career best. Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded a match-high 26 kills to go along with 16 digs and three blocks, while sophomore middle blocker added a season-high 12 kills on .321 hitting to go along with a pair of blocks (one solo).
Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll did a nice job running the Dons offense, dishing out a career-high 70 assists as USF hit at a .234 clip, including .378 in game four. Junior libero/outside hitter Brynn Maurer started the match in the back row and tallied 24 digs, but entered the lineup as an attacker in game four, responding with eight kills on .312 hitting. Freshman defensive specialist Haley Carroll recorded a match-high 26 digs, while outside hitter Anna Berger tallied 11 kills.
USF held an 85-58 kills advantage and recorded 87 digs, while San Jose State managed 71. The Dons did not record their first block until midway through the second game, but owned a 12-8 edge at the net.
San Francisco opened a big lead in game one but needed a late rally to thwart a Spartan surge. The Dons also led for much of game two, but fell to San Jose State despite limiting them to eight kills on .081 hitting. USF hit .019 in game three as SJSU took a 2-1 advantage. San Francisco's offense responded and combined for 29 kills and just eight errors in games four and five.
UC Santa Barbara takes on San Jose State Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM at War Memorial Gym, while the Dons and Gauchos close the tournament Sunday afternoon. First serve against UC Santa Barbara is set for 2:00 PM.