Oct. 21, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball celebrated its past Saturday afternoon by honoring the 30th Anniversary team in a special ceremony. Meanwhile, the current team wasted little time showing the present is in good hands, storming past Portland 30-18, 30-13, 30-26 in West Coast Conference action at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (19-5, 3-4 WCC) hit .388 in securing their third straight league victory and eighth straight against the Pilots (8-12, 1-6 WCC).
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led all attackers with a match-high 18 kills on .417 hitting to go along with six digs, a block and an ace, while junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 12 kills on a career-best .600 hitting to go along with 10 digs.
San Francisco's offense was clicking and all facets produced as seven players tallied at least one kill and hit .250 or better for the match. Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger recorded eight kills and five digs and sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin added seven kills and six blocks (three solo). USF held a dominating 56-35 kills advantage and owned a 62-42 digs margin.
Freshman libero Haley Carroll keyed a strong defensive effort recording 29 digs - a new USF three-game match record, surpassing a 30th anniversary team member, Kelly Harris (1994-95) who tallied 26 against Idaho State Sept. 16, 1994. Carroll finished the match with 428 digs on the year, good for third place on the USF single-season list.
USF got off to a slow start in the opening game but accelerated rapidly. The Dons turned an 8-7 lead into a 21-11 advantage courtesy of a 13-4 burst. Portland used a run of its own to close within 25-17, but Darcy Carroll served five straight points to seal the win.
Game two was even more lopsided as the Dons built a remarkable 18-3 lead as Kartchner served 10 consecutive points. USF capitalized on 12 Pilot attack errors, while hitting .444 in the frame with just two errors in 27 attempts.
San Francisco had to rally from a 23-21 deficit in game three, but after a Maurer kill, sophomore defensive specialist Tiffany Woo served eight straight points interrupted by a Pilot timeout to give the Dons a 29-24 advantage. Maurer wrapped up the match victory with her ninth kill of the game.
Sophomore middle blocker Ashley Grayson led the Pilots offensively with 10 kills on .381 hitting, while sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Sheedy added nine. Senior libero Murphy McClenahan added a team-high 15 digs for Portland.
USF returns to WCC action when it travels south to take on ancient Bay Area rival No. 15 Santa Clara Thursday, October 26. First serve against the Broncos is set for 7:00 PM at the Leavey Center.