Sept. 1, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball swept through the field and won the 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Classic with 3-0 victories against Colgate and Eastern Washington Saturday at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (5-1) have won 18 consecutive games dating back to their 0-2 comeback against Cal State Northridge in the 2007 Husky Invitational.
Junior middle blocker Carly Babin captured tournament MVP honors for the first time in her career with a dominating performance. The Las Vegas native averaged 4.0 kills on .429 hitting to go along with 2.50 blocks per game. Senior libero Brynn Maurer also collected all-tournament hardware for the Dons, averaging a team-high 5.00 digs and 0.89 service aces per game. Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala earned all-tournament recognition for the first time, averaging 3.75 kills on .340 hitting with 0.50 aces and 0.75 blocks.
San Francisco dispatched Colgate 30-17, 30-19, 30-14 in the morning match Saturday and took a 33-31, 30-20, 30-21 victory against Eastern Washington in the tournament finale.
USF hit .321 against the Raiders as Babin, Mandala and sophomore outside hitter Anna Berger recorded seven kills apiece to pace the Dons. Maurer added a team-high 13 digs and recorded a career-high five aces. Eight USF players recorded at least five kills in the contest.
San Francisco struggled offensively against the Eagles, hitting .178 for the match, but the Dons defense shut down the Eagles, who hit a miserable .008, including a 1.135 in game two. Babin hammered a match-high 13 kills on .524 hitting with eight blocks, while Mandala had 11 kills, four blocks and a pair of aces. Maurer recorded a match-high 20 digs as the Dons rolled.
Maurer moved past Loyola Marymount's Deanna Doolittle (1,440) for sole possession of fifth place on the West Coast Conference career digs list, finishing the tournament with 1,445. Next up is former Dons assistant coach Jackie Bernardin, who tallied 1,464 during her standout playing career at San Diego.
USF returns to action Tuesday, September 4 when it hosts rising Pac-10 power Oregon in non-conference action at War Memorial Gym. First serve against the Ducks is set for 7:00 PM.
USF (3-0) Asics/PowerAde Challenge Champions; Oral Roberts (2-1) runner-up
USF ASICS/POWERADE CHALLENGE ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Jr. MB Carly Babin, USF (MVP)Fr. OPP Sarah Mandala, USFSr. LIB/OH Brynn Maurer, USFJr. RS Jackie Oliviera, ORUJr. OH Janete Ferreira, ORUSo. OH Hayley Hills, EWUJr. LIB Jackie Adlam, Colgate
SATURDAY RESULTSUSF def. Colgate, 3-0 (30-17, 30-19, 30-14)Oral Roberts def. Eastern Washington, 3-1 (27-30, 30-23, 30-15, 30-20)Oral Roberts def. Colgate, 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-22)USF def. Eastern Washington, 3-0 (33-31, 30-20, 30-21)