Sept. 24, 2006
San Francisco - 3
Cornell - 1
San Francisco - 3
St. Francis (NY) - 0
Brooklyn, NY - USF won the 2006 Long Island Blackbird Invitational after defeating defending Ivy League Champion Cornell 3-1 (25-30, 30-27, 30-23, 31-29) in the morning session and sweeping St. Francis (NY) 30-6, 30-14, 30-18 Saturday at the Wellness Center. The Dons (16-1) win their third straight tournament and have won 14 consecutive matches.
Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer earned tournament MVP honors for the first time in her career and registered her fourth double-double of the season against Cornell with 13 kills and 22 digs. Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll earned all-tournament honors for the first time in her career, while sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos earned all-tournament selection for the third time this season. Junior outside hitter also made the all-tournament squad after erupting for a tournament-high 25 kills against Cornell.
San Francisco now turns its focus towards the upcoming West Coast Conference campaign. The Dons open league action Thursday, September 28 at home against San Diego. First serve against the Toreros is set for 7:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.
Sacramento State - 3
Saint Mary's - 0
Moraga, Calif. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team dropped a non-conference match to Sacramento State 3-0 on Saturday night at McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels lost to the Hornets 30-25, 30-24, 30-25.
Saint Mary's was led offensively by Christina Kirk, who recorded 10 kills with a .320 hitting percentage. Kirk also had five digs, two blocks and two aces. Taylor Groess had a team-high 13 kills and Brittany Barker and Megan Burton each added seven kills.
Mandy Bible set the pace with 33 assists, seven digs, four kills and one ace. Lauren Holland added four kills and Cassandra Kolkka had 22 digs.
Saint Mary's will return to action Thursday, September 28 when they face No. 9 Santa Clara at 7:05 p.m. at McKeon Pavilion.
In the first game the Gaels rallied to cut into the Hornets lead late in the game, but Sacramento State held on for a 30-25 win. Kirk recorded four kills in the game and two service aces. Bible had three kills and nine assists and Barker had three kills.
The second game was very similar to Game 1. The Gaels rallied late in the game but couldn't keep up as the Hornets won 30-24. Groess had five kills in the game and Burton added three.