May 10, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF Volleyball turned in perhaps the strongest spring season in program history in 2006, posting a remarkable overall record of 23-4 against top opponents from the West Coast. The Dons posted wins against four 2005 NCAA Tournament teams, highlighted by a dominating performance against 2005 Final Four participant Santa Clara (31-29, 15-9) at the San Jose State Tournament.
San Francisco also dispatched ancient West Coast Conference rival and Saint Mary's (30-24, 30-27) and dropped Cal (33-31, 30-21) at the Spartan Tournament. Freshmen middles Alix Gombos and Carly Babin turned in outstanding performances for the Dons, while freshman outside Anna Berger also enjoyed success as an attacker.
"This was a great way for us to finish the spring season," USF head coach Jeff Nelson said. "I am proud of the way we improved as the season progressed and this should elevate the expectations and motivate our team heading into next season."
San Jose State Tournament Results (4/22/06)USF def. Cal, 2-0 (33-31, 30-21)USF def. Saint Mary's, 2-0 (30-24, 30-27)USF def. Santa Clara, 2-0 (31-29, 15-9)
USF also competed in the Sacramento State Tournament April 8, posting a 6-2 record. The Dons swept Cal Poly, Pacific and San Jose State before suffering a sweep against the tournament host Hornets. Individual standouts were sophomore outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg, who led the way offensively for the Dons, sophomore libero Brynn Maurer keyed the defensive efforts, while junior setter Jamie Kartchner enjoyed a solid day running the offense.
Sacramento State Tournament Results (4/8/06)USF def. Cal Poly (32-30, 30-24)USF def. Pacific (30-23, 30-19)USF def. San Jose State (30-15, 30-17)Sacramento State def. USF (25-30, 26-30)
San Francisco hosted its third annual USF Invitational, Saturday April 1 at War Memorial Gym. The Dons posted a 6-2 overall record in the event, posting sweeps of UC Davis and Cal Poly and earned splits against Nevada and Pacific.
USF played four different starting lineups and every player on the roster responded to the challenge with strong play. Freshman outside hitter Susan Bednarova enjoyed a strong day offensively, while freshman libero Tiffany Woo played some strong defense. Gombos and sophomore middle blocker Linzy Kearney played strong at the net for the Dons.
"This was another great event for us. It was a great opportunity to welcome some top teams to San Francisco and we got valuable court time for our very young team," Nelson said.
USF Invitational Results (4/1/06)USF def. UC Davis, (30-24, 30-19)USF def. Cal Poly, (30-26, 30-24)USF split Nevada, (30-32, 30-21)USF split Pacific (30-26, 25-30)