Sept. 8, 2007
(Davis, CA) - USF bounced back from a disappointing 3-1 loss to Idaho yesterday and posted a pair of sweeps against Boise State and UC Davis on the final day of the 2007 Hallmark Aggie Invitational Saturday at the Pavilion. The Dons (7-3) got outstanding performances from junior middle blocker Carly Babin and senior honors candidate Kristin Hasselberg enjoyed her strongest match of the season against the tournament hosts.
San Francisco downed Boise State 30-28, 30-18, 30-25 before posting a 30-28, 30-15, 35-33 against the Aggies (3-6) in the tournament finale.
Babin led the way for the Dons all weekend, averaging an impressive 4.00 kills on .388 hitting to go along with a tournament-high 1.60 blocks per game. Hasselberg added 4.75 kills and 1.88 digs with 0.75 blocks for USF and appears to be fully recovered after starting the season with a sore hitting shoulder.
Junor setter Darcy Carroll did a nice job running the San Francisco offense, which hit at a .260 clip for the weekend, and averaged 11.50 assists, 0.70 kills and 1.5 digs per game. Sophomore libero Haley Carroll averaged a remarkable 5.50 digs to go along with a pair of service aces.
USF returns to action when it travels south to take on Bay Area rival San Jose State Wednesday, September 12. First serve against the Spartans is set for 7:00 PM in the Event Center.
USF 3, UC Davis 0 - Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg hammered out a match-high 19 kills to lead San Francisco to a 30-28, 30-15, 35-33 sweep of UC Davis in the final match of the Hallmark Inn Aggie Invitational volleyball tournament at the Pavilion Saturday night. The Dons (7-3) recorded their second sweep of the day against the Aggies (3-6), who lost to Idaho earlier in the day.
USF battled back from a 9-4 deficit in a Game 1 defensive battle. Don middle blockers Babin and Linzy Kearney combined for eight kills on 15 swings offensively while assisting on four blocks. For UC Davis, Singh had eight of her team's 23 digs in the opener. Setter Carson Lowden and middle Tori Hooper also came up with some key digs, but tough USF serving held the Aggies in check. Hasselberg fired down her fourth kill for game point, then combined with Zuzana Bednarova for a block on the game-winner.
The Dons dominated UC Davis in the second game, attacking at .364 to their host's .023 hitting rate. Hasselberg posted three kills and a pair of blocks during an 8-0 run that helped USF pull from a 6-4 start to a 14-4 edge. Haley Carroll picked up eight digs in Game 2, while older sister Darcy hit 3-0-4 with four digs. The Dons led UC Davis by at least a 12-point margin for the remainder of Game 2, taking a 2-0 match lead at the break.
Hasselberg continued her offensive prowess through the third game, totaling 10 kills in the finale. However, UC Davis enjoyed a final flourish, escaping from a 27-19 deficit to a 30-29 lead. After a pair of Davis blocks, the two teams traded points to a 33-33 tie. Maurer finally ended the see-saw battle with a game-winning kill across the middle of the court.
Senior middle blocker Kelly Patterson posted 10 kills and hit .400 to lead UC Davis offensively. She also had two aces and a pair of blocks for the match. Sophomore libero Avreeta Singh tallied 21 digs to lead the Aggie floor defense.
USF 3, Boise State 0 - Junior middle blocker Carly Babin notched a match-high 17 kills and hit .469 with five blocks to lead San Francisco to a 30-28, 30-18, 30-25 sweep over Boise State in the fourth match of the Hallmark Inn Aggie Invitational women's volleyball tournament at UC Davis' ARC Pavilion Saturday.
Boise State took an 18-10 lead midway through game one before USF senior Brynn Maurer served up a 9-0 run that put her team up by a 19-18 advantage. The Broncos regained the lead, pulling ahead by 22-20 behind the blocking of Sadie Maughn and Mandy Klein. However, Babin had three of her eight opening set kills during the final stretch to seal the opening win.
San Francisco out-slugged the Broncos by a .333 to .033 advantage in game two, taking an early 9-4 lead behind junior Tiffany Woo's serving. BSU never closed to within than five points as Babin had a kill, ace and block to give the Dons a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.
USF took a 10-6 lead in Game 3 and never relinquished it. Babin had six kills on 12 swings to go with two blocks at the net as USF hit .300 for the final frame. BSU freshman Alisha King powered her way to seven kills in Game 3, bringing her team to deficits as close as 18-15 and later, 28-24.But Babin knocked down two of the final three points to seal the sweep for the Dons.