Oct. 27, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball notched its biggest win of the season Saturday with a convincing 30-26, 30-22, 30-26 sweep of No. 12 San Diego in West Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (15-9, 4-4 WCC) secure their first win against a top-25 opponent since 2003 and dispatch the highest ranked team in program history at the expense of the defending league champion Toreros (16-6, 6-2 WCC).
San Francisco's last top-25 victory came against No. 21 USD November 14, 2003 en route to the Dons first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala continued to stake her claim as one of the most dynamic first year players on the West Coast, hammering a match-high 18 kills on .300 hitting to go along with five digs and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Carly Babin added eight kills, two aces and six blocks, while junior middle blocker Alix Gombos chipped in with six kills on .462 hitting and a match-high seven blocks.
Junior setter Darcy Carroll did a strong job of running the USF offense, dishing out 32 assists with three kills an ace and six digs. Sophomore libero Haley Carroll recorded a match-high 27 digs and tallied a pair of aces. Junior outside hitter Addie Webster enjoyed a solid all-around match with seven kills, two assists, 10 digs and four blocks for the Dons.
"We played our best complete match of the year," USF head coach Gilad Doron said. "I thought we did an excellent job executing the game plan. As a team we served very efficiently and we did a tremendous job passing. We worked very hard on blocking all week and it paid off today. I am very proud of the team and how we performed today."
USF held a 49-40 kills advantage, although San Diego owned a 62-57 digs edge on San Francisco's "Dig for the Cure" match. The Dons owned the net, posting an enormous 13.0-4.0 blocks lead. USF's defense limited the Toreros to a .092 attack percentage for the match, including a -.024 rate in game two.
Senior middle hitter Laurel Abramson was the lone Torero in double-digit kills with 18 on impressive .417 attacking with four blocks (one solo). Sophomore libero Andrea Csazi recorded a team-high 19 digs with two aces for USD.
USF returns to action when it travels to a pair of ancient Bay Area WCC rivals. The Dons take on Santa Clara Thursday, November 1 in a 7:00 PM match at the Leavey Event Center and then travel to Moraga Saturday for a 7:00 PM tilt against Saint Mary's.