Oct. 12, 2006
(Malibu, CA) - Something had to give Thursday night when San Francisco took on Pepperdine in West Coast Conference volleyball action at Firestone Fieldhouse as both teams entered with three-match losing streaks. Unfortunately for the Dons (16-5, 0-4 WCC), it was the Waves (7-9, 3-2 WCC) who came up with the 30-27, 30-18, 30-22 victory.
Pepperdine's home court has been a house of horrors throughout the years for USF, which is still looking for the program's first victory in Malibu and will now have to wait at least another season. The Waves enjoyed an outstanding offensive night hitting .299 and held a dominating 61-32 kills advantage and a 64-47 digs advantage.
No Don hitter reached double-digit kills and were led by six kills apiece from freshman outside hitter Anna Berger and sophomore middle Carly Babin. Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer and Berger each recorded 12 digs to lead San Francisco,
Senior setter Jamie Kartchner dished out 20 assists for USF, which hit at an .088 clip for the night. With her 12th helper, Kartchner became just the third Don setter to surpass 3,000 career assists and first since April Scoggin (2000-03) accomplished the feat as a senior. Scoggin owns the number two spot on the career list with 3,199, while Kartchner is in third place, finishing the night with 3,008.
USF built a 15-12 lead in game one after a kill and a block by Berger, but Pepperdine countered with a 8-3 run to take a lead it would not surrender. Berger led the Dons with six kills and eight digs in the opening frame, while Maurer added three.
San Francisco dug a deep hole in game two, trailing 19-11 before mounting a modest 5-2 run to pull within five at 21-16, prompting a Pepperdine timeout. It was all Waves from there as they broke out on an 11-2 run to close out the Dons to take a two games to none lead into the intermission.
USF led early 6-4, but Pepperdine seized control with an 11-5 run and the Dons could not recover.
San Francisco returns to WCC action when it takes on Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. First serve against the Lions is set for 1:00 PM at Gersten Pavilion.