Sept. 30, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF dropped its second straight decision to a top-25 opponent with a 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 26-30, 30-25) loss to No. 9 Santa Clara Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (16-3, 0-2 WCC) could not overcome a massive Bronco (11-3, 1-1 WCC) block which tallied a remarkable 26 team blocks in the match.
Sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos led USF offensively with 14 kills to go along with five blocks. Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs. Hasselberg surpassed 1,000 career kills with her seventh kill and finished with 1,007, becoming just the second junior in program history to do so and the first since Dons Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser achieved the feat in 1990.
Sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin added 11 kills on .391 hitting to go along with six blocks (two solo), while junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer added nine kills and 10 digs. Freshman libero Haley Carroll added a match-high 21 digs with an ace.
USF held a 59-50 kills advantage on the strength of a season-high 23 kills in game three, but attack errors proved costly. The Dons held a 67-56 digs edge, but the Broncos dominated from the service line with 13 aces as five players recorded two or more. The Dons limited the Broncos to a .142 attack percentage - well below their season average of .290, with 11 blocks.
Freshman setter Lindsy Evans turned in a triple double with 42 assists, 11 digs and 13 blocks for the Broncos. The Dons limited Santa Clara All-American junior middle Anna Cmaylo to seven kills, but she made up for it with 14 blocks (one solo) on the afternoon. USF could do nothing to slow down senior outside hitter Kim McGiven, who tallied a match-high 25 kills on .354 hitting.
San Francisco returns to WCC action when it travels across the Bay Bridge for a Saturday showdown at Saint Mary's, October 7. First serve against the Gaels is set for 7:00 PM at McKeon Pavilion.