Oct. 20, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball hit a season-high .400 and blitzed visiting Portland 30-21, 30-19, 30-20 to close out the first half of the West Coast Conference schedule Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (14-9, 3-4 WCC) snapped a three-match losing skid and collected their 10th consecutive victory against the Pilots (7-14, 0-7 WCC).
Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala continued to dazzle, recording a match-high 13 kills on .348 hitting to go along with five digs and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Carly Babin and senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg added nine kills apiece.
Junior setter Darcy Carroll turned in her third straight double-double performance with 29 assists, 10 digs and five kills in just two games. Freshman setter Alaina Sully directed the offense in game three, dishing out 15 assists to go along with five digs and two kills. Sophomore libero Haley Carroll recorded a match-high 18 digs for the Dons.
San Francisco held a 58-37 kills advantage and held the Pilots to a .102 attack percentage. USF won the digs battle 56-40 and held a 6.0-5.0 blocks edge. The Dons hit .441 with 18 kills and three errors in game one and closed out the match on .457 attacking with 21 kills and five errors. The match featured just six tie scores and two lead changes as the Pilots led early in games one and three.
USF senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer continued her climb up the WCC career digs list and with her sixth and final dig of the match moved past Portland standout Laura Coyle (1,630) for sole possession of fourth place on the career list with 1,631. Maurer finished with seven kills on .400 hitting and recorded six digs and an ace.
Junior middle blocker Ashley Grayson led Portland with 13 kills on .632 hitting with just one error in 19 attempts and added a pair of blocks. Senior outside hitter Nicole Thometz, freshman outside hitter Maria Clemens and junior middle blocker Jennifer Sheedy each added seven kills for the Pilots.
USF returns to action Saturday, October 27 when it hosts defending league champion No. 16 San Diego. First serve against the Toreros is set for 1:00 PM. The San Diego match will benefit "Dig For the Cure". Each USF student-athlete has raised pledges for each dig recorded during the contest with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, dedicated to breast cancer research.
JOIN USF FOR THE GREEN AND GOLD SCRIMMAGE AFTER VOLLEYBALL: Stick around after the match and join USF athletics and the Green and Gold Club as it presents the 23rd annual George O'Brien "Green and Gold" scrimmage game. The women's scrimmage kicks off at 4:00 PM with the men's immediately following. A post-event reception will close out the festivities, featuring comments from Evans and women's head coach Tanya Haave. For more information on the Green and Gold Scrimmage, please contact Julie Congi at (415) 422-2875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.