Oct. 4, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball opened the home portion of the West Coast Conference schedule Thursday night against ancient Bay Area rival Saint Mary's and seized a 30-28, 30-27, 30-23 victory at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (12-6, 1-1 WCC) hit .246 for the match in their second straight victory against the Gaels (10-5, 2-1 WCC).
Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded a match-high 16 kills, while freshman opposite Sarah Mandala turned in the first double-double of her career with a 14-kill, 12-dig night. Mandala hit .400 to go along with five blocks for the Dons. Junior outside hitter Addie Webster chipped in nine kills and 12 digs.
Junior setter Darcy Carroll dished out 50 assists for USF as it posted a 54-42 kills advantage and a 54-35 digs lead. San Francisco trailed big in the battle at the net, but finished strong with a 9.0 - 8.0 edge. Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos helped with six kills on .545 hitting to go along with four digs and five blocks.
"I thought we played very well as a team," USF head coach Gilad Doron said. "We had different players step up at different times. We stayed focused at the end of games and it helped us at important times. Sarah had a great match and Darcy did a good job mixing things up when needed. We stayed patient and we came up with a very important win."
Sophomore middle blocker Megan Burton and freshman middle blocker Shannon Lowell shared the Gaels team lead with 11 kills, while freshman outside hitter Megan York recorded 10 kills and nine digs for Saint Mary's.
USF returns to league action when it hosts another longtime rival when Santa Clara invades the Hilltop Saturday afternoon. First serve against the Broncos is set for 7:00 PM.