Oct. 11, 2007
(Los Angeles) - USF volleyball kicked off its Southern California road swing with a 3-1 setback at Loyola Marymount, 30-22, 25-30, 30-25, 30-24 Thursday in West Coast Conference action at Gersten Pavilion. The Dons (13-7, 2-2 WCC) saw its two match winning streak against the Lions (10-7, 2-2 WCC) halted.
Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded a match-high 16 kills, while junior middle blocker was nearly unstoppable for the Dons in the middle with 10 kills on .500 attacking with no errors in 25 attempts to go along with three blocks (one solo).
Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos taliied eight kills and a team-high seven blocks (three solo), while outside hitter Addie Webster chipped in seven kills and 10 digs. Sophomore libero Haley Carroll recorded a match-high 30 digs for USF, while junior setter Darcy Carroll dished out a match-high 45 assists on the night.
Both teams recorded 57 kills, but the Lions held a .186 - .141 attack advantage and won the battle at the net 16-12. Neither team hit well as LMU won game four hitting .075, but held the Dons to .000 in the finale.
Playing in their first home match since September 8, LMU roared out of the gate in game one, storming to a 25-15 lead and never looked back, taking a one game to none advantage. San Francisco recorded 14 kills with just two attack errors in the opening frame. The Lions tallied 16 kills and added a pair of service aces.
USF got back on track in game two, hammering 19 kills with just a pair of attack errors. The Dons opened up what appeared to be a comfortable lead, before LMU recovered to take a brief 22-20 lead. Kills from Carroll, Hasselberg and Gombos gave San Francisco the lead for good.
After the intermission, LMU simply capitalized on USF errors, winning game three while hitting .175, but forced the Dons to hit .121. The Lions did just enough right in game four, despite recording only 12 kills they took advantage of 14 USF attack errors.
Senior outside hitter Heather Hughes enjoyed a huge night for LMU with 18 kills and 13 digs, while Emily Day added 14 kills and six blocks (one solo). Erin Downey finished with eight kills and nine blocks (one solo).
USF returns to action when it travels up the Pacific Coast Highway for a Saturday afternoon match against Pepperdine in Malibu. First serve against the Waves is set for 1:00 PM at Firestone Fieldhouse.