Oct. 19, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball collected the 300th victory in program history Thursday night in West Coast Conference action with a sweep of Gonzaga (30-27, 30-18, 30-24) at War Memorial Gym. More importantly for the Dons (18-5, 2-4 WCC) it was their second straight league victory and eighth consecutive win against the Bulldogs (5-16, 0-6 WCC).
Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer entered the match needing just one dig to tie USF Volleyball Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser (1988-91) for the all-time digs record and wasted little time taking sole possession of the standard in game one. Maurer finished with nine digs on the night and 1,243, and counting, for her standout career in the Green and Gold.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg also passed a milestone in the match, entering the contest tied for sixth place on the Dons career kills list with USF Hall-of-Famer Kathy Schindler, and finished with a match-high 15 kills and 10 digs. Hasselberg now has 1,067 kills and with her final termination of the night moved past Jeanette Sargenti (1994-97) for fifth place on the career leader board.
Sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos also enjoyed a strong night for the Dons, with 11 kills on .450 hitting to go along with three blocks (one solo). USF's setting tandem enjoyed a solid night as San Francisco hit at a .244 clip. Sophomore Darcy Carroll dished out 30 assists with a pair of aces and six digs, while senior setter Jamie Kartchner added 18 assists and five digs for the Dons.
USF enjoyed a 54-34 kills advantage and a 61-41 digs advantage, keyed by a match-high 21 from freshman libero Haley Carroll, who moved into third place on the single-season digs chart with 420 on the season. Next up is Maurer who holds the top two spots on the list with 457 as a freshman and 546 as a sophomore.
San Francisco got off to a slow start in game one and trailed 19-12, but promptly shrugged it off, going on a 18-9 run to seize the opening set in come from behind fashion. Gombos led the way for the Dons with eight kills. From there, it was all USF as Gonzaga led just once in game two and managed a pair of ties, the last coming at 4-4.
USF hit at a .350 clip in game two with 19 kills and tallied 18 kills on .220 hitting in the final frame.
Senior outside hitter Becki Jones led the way for Gonzaga offensively with 12 kills on .310 hitting to go along with eight digs and three blocks. The Bulldogs hit at a .120 pace, but held a 14.0-5.5 blocks advantage.
USF returns to action in a Saturday matinee when it hosts Portland in WCC action. San Francisco volleyball is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season and will honor the top-18 players in school history during the match set for a 1:00 PM first serve at War Memorial Gym.