Nov. 16, 2006
(Portland, OR) - USF volleyball collected its 22nd win of the season and third in its last four matches with a 30-28, 30-28, 30-27 sweep of Portland Thursday night in West Coast Conference action at the Chiles Center. The Dons (22-8, 6-7 WCC) dispatch the Pilots (8-18, 1-12 WCC) for the eighth consecutive time and now head to Spokane for a Saturday matinee match where they will attempt to equal the program's all-time wins record of 23, set during the 2003 campaign.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way for the Dons offensively, with a match-high 16 kills to go along with five digs and a pair of blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos enjoyed another strong night, with 12 kills on .360 hitting and added three blocks (one solo).
With her 13th assist of the night, senior setter Jamie Kartchner moved into sole possession of second place on the USF career assists book, finishing the night with a team-high 22 and 3,209 so far during her three years in the Green and Gold. Kartchner passed April Scoggin (2001-03), who tallied 3,199. Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll added 19 assists and seven digs for the Dons.
Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer recorded five kills and nine digs, while freshman outside hitter Anna Berger added four kills and seven digs. Junior opposite Linzy Kearney and sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin each added four kills and a block for San Francisco.
Freshman libero Haley Carroll tallied a team-high 15 digs to go along with three aces and now needs just six digs to become only the second player in program history to surpass 500 in a season (Maurer, 546 in 2005).
USF hit .217 for the match and limited the Pilots to a .197 clip. Both teams recorded 46 kills, while Portland held a 57-53 digs advantage and a 8.0-4.0 blocks edge.
San Francisco needed a furious late rally in game one. The Dons trailed 26-20 and then 28-23 in the opener. A kill from Babin, a service ace by Haley Carrol brought the Dons to within three at 28-25, forcing a Pilot timeout. After a kill from Berger, the Pilots committed back-to-back attack errors to tie the match at 28-28. A Hasselberg kill followed by a service ace from Haley Carroll, who served six consecutive points, capped the improbable comeback. Hasselberg led the Dons offensively with eight kills in the set.
USF broke out of a 12-12 tie and edged out to a 22-18 lead and maintained just enough cushion to hold off the Pilots who would not tie the score again before the intermission. The Dons hit at a .308 clip, led by six kills from Gombos, four from Hasselberg.
Portland opened up a 25-19 lead in game three before sputtering once again offensively. USF put together a 11-2 run, fueled by a pair of kills from Kearney and Hasselberg combined with four Pilot miscues.
San Francisco closes the 2006 WCC campaign Saturday afternoon at Gonzaga. First serve against the Bulldogs is set for 1:00 PM at the Martin Centre.