Sept. 28, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball dropped a tough 3-1 (29-31, 33-31, 30-24, 30-28) decision to No, 25 San Diego Thursday night at War Memorial Gym in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. The Dons (16-2, 0-1 WCC) played well in stretches and had ample opportunities, but the Toreros (11-4, 1-0 WCC) took full advantage of their chances in halting San Francisco's 14-match winning streak.
Sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos enjoyed a strong night for the Dons, matching a career-high with 16 kills on .342 hitting to go along with a career-high 11 blocks (three solo). Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg added 13 kills to go along with 13 digs and five kills in her fifth double-double of the season. Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger added nine kills and nine digs for the Dons.
Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll paced USF in assists with 26, while senior setter Jamie Kartchner added 22 to go along with 10 digs for her second double dip of the season. With her third assist of the night, Kartchner moved into fourth place on the Dons all-time assists chart, passing Molly McEnery (1994-96), finishing with 2,948.
San Diego won the offensive battles, owning a .193 - .169 attacking edge and a commanding 74-58 kills edge - only the second time this season the Dons have trailed in both categories in a match. USF did a tremendous job at the net with a 17.5-11.0 advantage.
USD senior outside hitter Kristen Carlson turned in a 20-20 night with a match-high 23 kills and 24 digs. Junior middle hitter Laurel Abrahamson recorded 17 kills on .303 hitting, while senior middle hitter Christie Dawson added 16 kills for the Toreros.
San Francisco returns to action Saturday afternoon when it hosts defending WCC Champion No. 9 Santa Clara. First serve against the Broncos is set for 1:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.