Nov. 9, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF volleyball made some history with a dominating 30-26, 30-19, 30-25 West Coast Conference sweep of Loyola Marymount Thursday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (21-7, 5-6 WCC) earn their first ever sweep against the Lions (17-10, 5-7 WCC) and take the first season series sweep against LMU since 1988. San Francisco owns a school record 13 3-0 victories on the season and have posted back-to-back league sweeps after blanking Bay Area rival Saint Mary's last Saturday.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg tallied a match-high 16 kills on .344 hitting to go along with five digs and a pair of blocks, while sophomore middle Alix Gombos added 10 kills on .391 hitting to go along with six blocks and junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer added nine kills and 10 digs.
USF's setting tandem of senior Jamie Kartchner and sophomore Darcy Carroll enjoyed strong nights running the offense which cruised at a remarkable .371 for the match including a .457 clip in game three with 19 kills and just three errors on 35 swings. Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger hit .438 with eight kills and one error in 16 attempts and added two aces and six digs.
Sophomore middle Carly Babin also enjoyed a good night with seven kills and three blocks (one solo) as the Dons posted a 9.0 - 2.5 blocking advantage and limited the Lions to a .164 attack percentage for the night.
"I am really pleased with how we played tonight," USF head coach Jeff Nelson said. "This was a great win for us against a team we have not enjoyed a lot of success against in the past. I am impressed with how we competed and now we have another big test against Pepperdine Saturday."
San Francisco trailed 12-8 in game one, but broke out of a 19-19 tie going on a 5-1 run to seize a 24-20 lead it would not surrender. The Dons hit .279 in a game featuring six ties and four lead changes.
USF rolled the Lions in game two. Carroll served 11 straight points as the Dons reeled off 12 unanswered points to break out of an 8-8 tie. San Francisco hit .395 in the second set with 18 kills on 38 attempts and just three errors. Although game three was tighter as the Lions attempted to rally, USF led wire-to-wire.
Sophomore hitter Emily Day turned in a 12-kill, 10-dig night for the Lions, while Christianna Reneau added 12 kills. Junior opposite Heather Hughes chipped in nine kills and eight digs.
San Francisco returns to WCC action when it hosts Pepperdine Saturday, November 11 at War Memorial Gym. First serve against the Waves is set for 1:00 PM. A special ceremony honoring Kartchner, the Dons lone senior, will begin at approximately 12:45 PM.
NOTES: With her third kill against the Lions, Hasselberg became the first Don since Brittanie Budinger (2000-03) to surpass 400 kills in consecutive seasons and only third overall... USF Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser also accomplished the feat 1990-91. ...USF collects its fifth league victory of the season, the most since the 2003 NCAA Tournament squad tallied seven...