Oct. 28, 2006
(San Diego) - San Francisco battled but could not solve league-leading No. 18 San Diego, falling 3-1 (30-16, 30-26, 23-30, 30-19) in West Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Dons (19-7, 3-6 WCC) bounced back from a sluggish start, but could not deny the Toreros (19-4, 9-0), who appear well on their way to fourth conference title.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way for USF with 19 kills to go along with seven digs, while freshman outside hitter Anna Berger turned in her third double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs. Junior opposite Linzy Kearney and sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin added seven apiece for the Dons, whi hit at a .178 clip for the match.
San Diego leveled the Dons in game one, hitting .487 with just one error in 39 attempts. USF trailed 11-7 and the Toreros went on an 11-4 burst to put the set out of reach. Hasselberg tallied four kills to lead the Dons in the opener.
USF recovered and played better in game two. The Dons battled back from 20-17 down to tie it at 20-20 and then tied the contest at 22-22. USD then went on a 4-1 run to take a 26-23 advantage and the Dons could not recover, falling 30-26. Hasselberg again led the way with five kills.
Trailing two games to none, USF put together a strong effort in the third set, hitting .350 with 17 kills and only three errors on 40 attempts. Hasselberg tallied seven kills, while Berger added five.
San Francisco competed in game four, but USD capitalized on every opportunity, hitting .448 in the frame en route to its 17th consecutive league victory, dating to last season.
San Diego held a convincing 73-56 kills advantage, while attacking at a .354 pace. Senior outside hitter Kristen Carlson hammered a match-high 20 kills and recorded 18 digs to go along with four blocks (one solo). Senior middle blocker Christie Dawson added 17 kills and six blocks for the Toreros.
USF returns to action Saturday, November 4 when it hosts ancient Bay Area rival Saint Mary's in a crucial WCC match. First serve against the Gaels is set for 6:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.