Oct. 7, 2006
(Moraga, CA) - USF volleyall traveled to Moraga Saturday night searching for its first West Coast Conference win of the season and Saint Mary's ensured the wait would last another week, seizing a 30-22, 30-25, 30-25 victory at McKeon Pavilion. The Dons (16-4, 0-3 WCC) suffered their first sweep of the season as the Gaels (7-7, 2-1 WCC) collected their fifth straight victory against their Bay Area neighbors.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led three Dons with double-digit kills with 13 and with her fifth kill on the night moved into sole possession of seventh place on the USF career kills chart, passing Chiara Lawrence (1993-96) who tallied 1,011 in the Green and Gold. Hasselberg finished the night with 1,019. It was also a milestone night for senior Jamie Kartchner added 16 and moved into a share of third place on the Dons career assists chart with 2,989, matching Sarah McCandless (1992-95).
Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer added 11 kills and 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the year, while sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos added 10 kills and a pair of blocks for the Dons who lost the battle at the nets 10.0 - 4.0.
Saint Mary's hit at a remarkable .324 clip, while USF hit a season-low .100, but matched the Gaels with 44 kills. The Dons lost the digs battle 49-41 as freshman libero Haley Carroll tallied a team-high 13. Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll dished out 22 assists.
San Francisco staggered out of the gate in the opening game. The Dons led 1-0 and then it was all Gaels from there as they opened up a 9-5 lead before USF recovered to close to within two at 11-9. The Dons could not capitalize on seven Saint Mary's service errors and four attack errors. Maurer led the way offensively with three kills.
If game one was a slow start for the Dons, the second set was even more so. Saint Mary's sprinted out to a 22-11 lead and appeared ready to cruise, but the Dons rallied, rattling off nine straight points with Haley Carroll serving a pair of aces. But, the Gaels recovered just in time to head into intermission up two games to none.
USF played better in game three, logging 19 kills, but could not overcome attack and service errors. The final set featured 13 ties and eight lead changes.
Christina Kirk recorded a team-high 13 kills on .323 hitting with seven digs and three blocks, while Missie Stidham added nine kills and six digs for the Gaels. Mandy Bible did another solid job running the Saint Mary's attack, dishing out 36 assists to go along with six digs and three blocks.
USF returns to WCC action when it travels to Southern California for a pair of matches. The Dons take on No. 23 Pepperdine Thursday, October 12 with a 7:00 PM first serve at Firestone Fieldhouse.