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USF Sweeps New Jersey IT 3-0

Newark, NJ - San Francisco opened its East Coast swing with a 30-21, 30-15, 30-16 sweep at New Jersey IT Friday night at the Fleisher Center. The Dons (13-1) win their 11th straight and improve to 24-3 against East Coast teams since the start of the 2000 season at the expense of the Highlanders (3-9).

Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way for the Dons with 12 kills on .308 hitting in just two games, while sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin and junior opposite Linzy Kearney added eight apiece for the Dons who hit an impressive .293 and limited New Jersey IT to a -.037 percentage behind a strong presence at the net.

Senior setter Jamie Kartchner did a nice job distributing the ball, dishing out a match-high 41 assists to go along with nine digs and a pair of kills. Eight Dons collected at least four kills and USF held a 52-18 kills advantage and a 60-43 digs edge, led by a match-high 16 from freshman libero Haley Carroll. Sophomore defensive specialist Tiffany Woo enjoyed a good night for San Francisco with 10 digs and a career-high four service aces.

USF dominated from the start led by Hasselberg who tallied nine kills in the opening frame and accounted for six of the Dons first eight points with five kills and a block. USF hit .341 in game one and limited the Highlanders to a .088 clip.

San Francisco did it with balance in game two as three players - Babin, Gombos and Hasselberg - tallied three kills as the Dons hit .257. Babin also keyed a strong presence at the net with four blocks, while Hasselberg added a pair, holding New Jersey IT to a -.118 attack percentage.

Game three was much the same as the Dons started hot and pulled away early in the final set of a match they never trailed. USF hit .273 in the final frame.

USF continues its East Coast swing when it opens play in the 2006 Long Island Blackbird Invitational. The Dons take on defending Northeastern Conference Champion Long Island in the opener, slated for a Noon (PT) first serve in Brooklyn.