Nov. 3, 2007
(Moraga, CA) - USF's struggles on the road continued Saturday in Moraga as they dropped a 3-1 (33-31, 24-30, 30-21, 35-33) West Coast Conference decision to ancient Saint Mary's at McKeon Pavilion. The Dons (15-11, 4-6 WCC) competed well in stretches, but the Gaels (13-10, 5-6 WCC) prevailed to salvage a season split in the series.
Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way for San Francisco with 20 kills and six digs, while freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala added 15 Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos added 12 kills on .391 attacking with four blocks, Junior outside hitter Addie Webster finished with a double-double at 11 kills and 14 digs.
San Francisco hit at a .198 clip for the match and held a 71-69 kills edge against Saint Mary's who recorded a .224 attack percentage. The Gaels enjoyed an enormous 16.0-12.5 blocks edge, which offset the Dons 79-71 digs lead.
USF looked to be in control, but then squandered a 29-27 lead in game one as Saint Mary's stormed back for the 33-31 win. Hasselberg led all attackers with six kills in the opening frame, while Mandala added five.
San Francisco trailed 19-17 in game two, but roared back on a 5-1 run to take a 22-20 lead. Unfazed, the Gaels tied it at 22 apiece, but the Dons closed out the game on an 8-2 run. The Dons limited the Gaels to just 11 kills and .086 hitting in game two, while converting on .235 attacking with 20 kills.
Saint Mary's emerged from the intermission and steamrolled the Dons in game three, hitting .333 with 17 kills, while USF managed to hit at a .122 clip with13 kills. Gombos led the way for the Dons offensively with five kills in the frame.
San Francisco returns to action when it hosts perennial league power Pepperdine Thursday, November 8. Match time against the Waves is set for 7:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.