Sept. 9, 2006
(Sacramento) - USF volleyball won the 2006 Sacramento State Hornet Invitational after completing a 3-1 (30-20, 30-18, 27-30, 30-15) victory against Western Kentucky Saturday afternoon at the Hornet's Nest. The Dons (8-1) win their second straight tournament title and sixth straight match overall with the win against the Lady Toppers (8-4).
In the tournament, San Francisco dispatched Syracuse (3-0) and the host Hornets (3-2) Friday, before sweeping UC Riverside (3-0) and downing Western Kentucky (3-1) on Saturday. USF hit .247 for the tournament and held a 243-186 kills advantage, limiting its opponents to .160 hitting.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded a match-high 16 kills on .312 hitting to go along with nine digs. Sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos continued her strong tournament with 14 kills on .321 hitting to go along with six blocks (three solo). Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger chipped in 12 kills on .323 hitting.
Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll turned in her second double-double of the season with 28 assists and 10 digs to go along with a career-high five aces. Senior setter Jamie Kartchner added 24 assists for the Dons who hit at a season-high .315 with 18 errors in 130 attempts. San Francisco held a 59-43 kills advantage and out-blocked the Lady Toppers 12-4.
"I am really pleased with the way we played in this tournament against some quality programs," USF head coach Jeff Nelson said. "We are coming together and playing much better as a team."
USF roared out to a fast start in game one, taking a 12-6 lead and never looked back on the way to an easy 1-0 advantage. Hasselberg tallied five kills, while Gombos added four for the Dons who led wire-to-wire in the opener.
San Francisco hit .423 and torched the Toppers for 15 kills on 26 swings in game two. The Dons limited Western Kentucky to .000 hitting by throwing up a huge block combining for seven in the set.
Western Kentucky bounced back to take game three despite allowing the Dons to hit at a .324 clip. Hasselbebrg swatted six kills in the frame, while Gombos added four. The Lady Toppers hit at a .225 pace to extend the match.
USF answered emphatically in game four. The Dons broke open a 6-4 advantage with a 13-2 run and ran away with their sixth straight victory.
San Francisco returns to action Tuesday, September 12 when it hosts UC Davis. First serve against the Aggies is set for 7:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.