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USF Volleyball Banquet Set for Sunday, April 2 at Handlery Room on the USF Campus

March 27, 2006

(San Francisco) - USF Volleyball celebrates the accomplishments of one of the most successful seasons in program history with its third annual Awards Celebration Sunday, April 2 at the Handlery Room on the Lone Mountain campus. Festivities begin at 4:00 PM with a reception and first serve for the buffet dinner will begin at 4:30 PM. Ticket prices are $40 for adults and $25 for students and can be obtained by contacting Greg Sempadian in the USF Athletic Department at (415) 422-6891, or sempadian@usfca.edu.

San Francisco posted 18 wins in 2005, the second highest tally in program history. The Dons tallied 23 victories in their 2003 "Season of Firsts," en route to the team's first ever NCAA berth. USF's 3-1 victory against Gonzaga (11/12) ensured San Francisco just its fourth winning season in the program's 29th year and second since Jeff Nelson arrived on the Hilltop in 2003. Nelson has energized a long dormant program. In just three years Nelson has won more matches (53) than any coach in program history and directed the 2003 squad to the first NCAA berth in school history and the most wins (23) and the 2005 edition ranked second on the single-season wins chart (18).

OTHER DONS VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS:

- Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg capped the best offensive season by a USF underclassmen with her first career 20-20 match at UC Davis (11/22), finishing with 24 kills and 25 digs against the Aggies. Hasselber powered 514 (4.51) kills per game, the second highes tally in program history. The Carlsbad, California native is the only underclassmen on the single-season top-10 kills list and is just the fourth player to surpass 450 in a season and is one of just 10 player to record 400 or more. USF "Legend of the Hilltop" Brittanie Budinger (2000-03) owns the top spot with 556 in 2003.

- Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg did some of her best work against the national elite, averaging 4.94 kills on .204 hitting to go along with 2.27 digs and 0.71 blocks per game - well above her season averages.

- Sophomore libero Brynn Maurer shattered her own single-season digs record against Portland (11/11) in impressive fashion recording 27 digs - the most in USF history for a three-game match. Maurer is the first player in program history to surpass 500 digs in a season, finishing with 546 (5.06), good for fifth place in the West Coast Conference single-season record book. Maurer recorded 457 as a freshman and owns 1,003 career digs, good for fifth place on the USF career charts.

- Senior middle blocker KeLicia Shorts shattered the USF career and single-season attack percentage records. Shorts posted a .357 attack percentage (347/80/748) - more than 30 points higher than USF Hall-of-Famer Lisa Tschannen (1989-92), who hit .325 in 1992. For her career, Shorts hits at a .296 clip. Former standout Teresa Russell (1999-03) held the previous record with a .280 percentage.

- Senior opposite Jencie Lejeune finished her four years in the Green and Gold in impressive fashion, establishing career-highs in multiple offensive and defensive categories including kills (211), kills per game (1.97), blocks (83), attack percentage and aces. LeJeune leaves the Hilltop with 478 kills, 209 digs, 178 blocks and 32 service aces.

- With a 3-2 victory at UC Davis (11/22/05), USF improved to an unprecedented 6-0 this season in five-game matches - the best season mark in program history. The Dons successfully went the distance against North Carolina (9/3), San Jose State (9/6), Portland State (9/10), Pacific (9/17), Gonzaga (10/14) and the Aggies. Since head coach Jeff Nelson took over the reigns in 2003, the Dons are 11-6 in matches going the distance. USF was 5-2 in five sets during its "Season of Firsts", with its only two setbacks coming against No. 13 Loyola Marymount and No. 5 Pepperdine.

- USF opened the season with a eight-game winning streak, the longest since the 2003 squad went 14-0, and third best string in program history.

- San Francisco defeated Pacific 3-2 September 17 marking the first time in 19 attempts the Dons have defeated their former NORPAC foes. USF also swept Fresno State September 3 for its first win against the Bulldogs in 18 meetings.

- USF won the 2005 Delaware Invitational and the 2005 USF Powerade/Asics Classic. The Dons have won seven tournament titles in the last three seasons.