Nov. 18, 2006
(Spokane, WA) - USF volleyball suffered a 30-20, 30-25, 30-27 sweep at Gonzaga to close out the 2006 West Coast Conference season, Saturday afternoon in the Martin Centre. The Dons (22-9, 6-8 WCC) drop their first decision against the Bulldogs (9-20, 4-10 WCC) since 2002.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded a team-high 13 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos added 12 kills to go along with team-high four blocks and both hit .286. Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger added seven kills and junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer chipped in with six kills and a match-high 16 digs.
San Francisco struggled in game one. Gonzaga held a 15-14 lead and seized control from there, outscoring the Dons 15-6 to close the opening set. Hasselberg recorded five kills on .400 hitting, while Gombos added four on .571 attacking.
Gonzaga used a late surge to break open a 22-22 match and used an 8-2 run to take a two games to none lead into the intermission. USF hit at a .238 clip, led by five kills from Hasselberg, while the Bulldogs hit .302.
USF built a 19-15 lead in game three, but it was all Gonzaga from there as the Bulldogs exploded on a 15-8 run to secure the win in their season finale. The Dons hit a dismal .080 in the last set with 14 attack errors and the Zags recorded seven team blocks. Gombos led the way for the Dons with six kills, while Berger added four.
Playing on senior night, Gonzaga outside hitter Becky Jones recorded a match-high 16 kills on .353 hitting and added 11 digs and a paid of blocks playing in her final collegiate match.
USF wraps up the regular season when it competes in the 2006 Banker's Classic hosted by Pacific, beginning Friday, November 24. The Dons square off against Houston in opening round action. First serve against the Cougars is set for 5:00 PM at the Spanos Center.