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USF Hosts Colgate, Eastern Washington and Oral Roberts in 2007 Asics/Powerade Challenge

Aug. 29, 2007

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UP NEXT FOR THE DONS: After posting a 2-1 record last week at the 2007 Husky Classic, USF hosts the Asics/PowerAde Challenge this weekend when it welcomes Colgate, Eastern Washington and Oral Roberts to the Hilltop. USF kicks of tournament play against the Golden Eagles in the 7:00 PM contest at War Memorial Gym in the 2007 home opener. San Francisco tackles the Raiders and the Eagles on Saturday.

Complete 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Challenge Schedule

Friday, August 31Colgate vs. Eastern Washington5:00 PMUSF vs. ORAL ROBERTS7:00 PMSaturday, September 1USF vs. COLGATE11:00 AMEastern Washington vs. Oral Roberts  1:00 PMColgate vs. Oral Roberts5:00 PMUSF vs. EASTERN WASHINGTON7:00 PM

MAURER MOVES UP WCC CAREER DIGS CHART: Senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer recorded the 1,400th dig of her career with her final tally against Fresno State (8/25). Maurer, USF's career digs leader, moved past Pepperdine's Carolyn Hueth (1,371) for sole possession of seventh place on the West Coast Conference career list and now needs just five digs to move past former Waves standout Christine Hinds (1,404) for the sixth spot.

Kristin Hasselberg FOCUSED ON STRONG FINISH: Senior All-American candidate Kristin Hasselberg continued to cement her reputation as one of the top outside hitters on the West Coast and ranked second among West Coast Conference kills (4.57) and points (5.13) leaders. For her efforts, Hasselberg earned All-WCC First Team honors - the first for a Don since Stephanie Voelckers earned selection in 2004. Hasselberg enters the 2007 regular season opener at No. 8 Washington ranked fifth in career kills with 1,219. Last season, Hasselberg became only the second player in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills as a junior after recording 13 kills against No. 9 Santa Clara (9/30). Since her arrival on the Hilltop, Hasselberg has notched double-figures in kills 67 times, including 14 matches with 20 or more and owns 19 double-doubles (kills/digs) with a team-high eight in 2006. The Dons career leader in kills per game at 4.04, Hasselberg led USF in kills 25 times with a season-high 27 at Loyola Marymount (10/14).

HASSELBERG RESUMES ASSAULT ON KILLS CHART: Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg enters the 2007 season ranked fifth in career kills with 1,219 and needs 26 to pass Teresa Russell (1999-03) for fourth place on the all-time list. USF Legend of the Hilltop Brittanie Budinger (2000-03) is the career leader with 1,518 and Hasselberg needs 300 terminations to overtake the top spot.

Carly Babin STRONG IN THE MIDDLE: Junior middle blocker Carly Babin enjoyed one of the most prolific blocking seasons in USF history as a sophomore in 2006, ranking second in single-season stuffs with 160. Babin ranked second among West Coast Conference blocks leaders averaging 1.30 per game and also averaged 2.01 kills on .313 hitting for the Dons. Babin enjoyed a strong weekend at the Husky Classic, helping USF to a 2-1 record while averaging a team-high 3.64 kills per game on .325 hitting to go along with 1.09 blocks. Babin shattered her career-high with 20 kills on .429 hitting against Cal State Northridge (8/25) to go along with five blocks (three solo) and a pair of service aces. Babin tallied 15 kills and four blocks against Fresno State (8/25).

GILAD DORON POSTS FIRST GREEN AND GOLD WINS: New USF head coach Gilad Doron posted his first victory as head coach of the Dons in a 3-2 victory against Cal State Northridge (8/25) and followed it with a sweep of Fresno State (8/25) at the 2007 Husky Classic. Doron spent three seasons as the head coach at Villanova and is just two wins shy of 50 career Division I victories.

ASICS/POWERADE CHALLENGE OPPONENTS

COLGATE RAIDERSHead Coach: Ryan Baker, 2nd YearCareer Record (Years)/School Record (Years):  16-16 (2nd Year)/38-27 (3rd Year)2006 Overall/Conference (Place): 14-15; 6-8 PAL (5th)NCAA/Final Ranking: N/A / N/AReturning letter-winners/Starters: 11/15Predicted 2007 Patriot League Finish: FourthLast Time vs. USF: First Meeting

EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLESInterim Head Coach: Irene Matlock, 1st YearCareer Record (Years)/School Record (Years): 715-249 (20th Year)/0-3 (1st Year)2006 Overall/Conference (Place): 20-9, 10-6 Big Sky (3rd)NCAA/Final Ranking: N/A / N/AReturning letter-winners/Starters: 5/3Predicted 2007 Big Sky Finish: FifthLast Time vs. USF: EWU 3, USF 1 (9/10/04)

ORAL ROBERTS GOLDEN EAGLESHead Coach: Sheera Sirola, 5th YearCareer Record (Years)/School Record (Years): 90-51 (5th Year)/90-51 (5th Year)2006 Overall/Conference (Place): 26-9, 11-1 MidCon (1st)NCAA/Final Ranking: NCAA First Round / N/AReturning letter-winners/Starters: 6/3Predicted 2007 Summit League Finish: SecondLast Time vs. USF: ORU 3, USF 0 (9/17/04)

GILAD DORON ENTERS FIRST YEAR IN THE GREEN AND GOLD: Gilad Doron enters his first season on the Hilltop after being named USF's new head volleyball coach on March 14, 2007. Doron readies for his second Division I head coaching assignment after spending the last three years as the head coach at Villanova, guiding the Wildcats to back-to-back winning seasons in the Big East. Doron is assisted on the bench by former US National Team setter Dan Fisher, who enters his first season on the Hilltop after spending three seasons as the top assistant with the Pacific men's program and Sam Hastings, who enters her first year at USF after playing Doron at Villanova. Doron captured his first Dons win against Cal State Northridge (8/25).

HAMMERING HASSELBERG: Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg enters the first week of the 2007 regular season established as one of the most dominant outside hitters in program history. A 2006 All-West Coast Conference First Team selection, the All-American candidate ranked second among league leaders in kills (4.57) and points (5.13) as a junior. A seven-time all-tournament selection and a three-time MVP, Hasselberg set a career-high with 33 kills in a 3-2 win against North Carolina (9/3/05) and posted the first 20-20 match of her career with 24 kills and 22 digs at UC Davis (11/22/05). Since her arrival on the Hilltop, Hasselberg has notched double-figures in kills 67 times, including 14 matches with 20 or more and owns 19 double-doubles (kills/digs). Hasselberg is the Dons career leader in kills per game at 4.04 and shattered the Dons underclassmen kills record, tallying 725 in her first two seasons on the Hilltop.

MAURER ADDS TO DONS CAREER DIGS RECORD: Senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer enjoyed a strong year at outside hitter in 2006 after spending her first two seasons on the Hilltop as the libero. The USF career digs leader enters the 2007 regular season opener with 1,359, good for eighth place on the West Coast Conference career chart. Maurer needs 13 to past Pepperdine's Carolyn Hueth for sole possession of seventh place. For her career, Maurer averages 4.40 digs per game, the top mark in program history. Since her arrival on the Hilltop, Maurer has surpassed 20 digs 24 times and has tallied double-digits 71 times in 85 career matches. Maurer shared the team double-double lead in 2006 with eight averaging 2.22 kills and 3.36 digs per game. Maurer registered 10 kills and 14 digs against Cal State Northridge (8/25).

GOOD GOLLY GOMBOS: Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos turned in one of the top offensive seasons by a USF middle in program history last season. The 2006 All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention selection ranked second among league leaders in attack percentage (.345) and was seventh in blocks (1.15). Gombos registered double-digit kills 21 times as a sophomore, hit .400 or better in 12 matches, .500 or better six times and recorded three matches of .600 or better. The West Linn, OR native tallied five or more blocks 10 times. Gombos rated second on the team in kills (3.06).

Darcy Carroll CRACKS CAREER ASSISTS TOP-10 CHART: Junior setter Darcy Carroll enters the second week of the 2007 regular season with 1,213 assists, good for seventh place on the Dons career list. Carroll needs 579 to move into sixth place, held by Margaret Hillhouse (1986-88). Carroll led San Francisco in assists (7.47) in the Dons 6-2 alignment last season. A 2005 West Coast Conference Freshman Team selection, Carroll dished out a career-high 70 assists in USF's 3-2 victory against Bay Area rival San Jose State (9/1/06).

Haley Carroll DIGS DEFENSE: Sophomore libero Haley Carroll enjoyed an outstanding freshman season, ranking third among league leaders in digs (4.79) and was fourth in service aces (0.38). A West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team pick in 2006, Carroll became just the second player in program history to surpass 500 in a season, finishing with 522, good for second place on the Dons single-season chart.

Linzy Kearney NINTH IN USF CAREER BLOCKS: Senior opposite Linzy Kearney continued to produce for the Dons and enters the second week of the 2007 regular season ranked ninth in USF career total blocks with 239. Next up is Jeanette Sargenti (1994-97), who recorded 296. Kearney averaged 1.33 kills and ranked third on the team with 0.89 blocks per game as a junior, while serving as team co-captain.

Anna Berger ENJOYS SOLID FRESHMAN SEASON: Sophomore outside hitter Anna Berger produced for USF as a redshirt freshman, ranking third on the team in kills (2.48), second in aces (0.28) and was fourth in digs (1.98). Berger hammered a career-high 18 kills to go along with 14 digs in a 3-2 win at Sacramento State (9/8) and turned in a strong 12-kill, six-dig effort in a win at Loyola Marymount (10/14). Berger recorded 15 kills and 11 digs at No. 18 San Diego (10/28) and finished the season with three double-double matches, the first a 17-kill, 16-dig effort at No. 18 Arizona (9/1/06).

Carly Babin CLOGGING THE MIDDLE: Junior middle blocker Carly Babin had a big sophomore season for the Dons in the middle. Babin ranked second among West Coast Conference leaders in blocks (1.30), rated second on the team in hitting percentage (.313) and was fourth in kills (2.15) during league matches. The Las Vegas native recorded a career-high 11 blocks in a win against UC Santa Barbara (9/3) - tied for fifth place among USF single-match leaders and hammered a career-high 14 kills in a WCC sweep of Saint Mary's (10/4). Babin enjoyed a strong match in a league win at Loyola Marymount, tallying 11 kills, 0 errors on 21 swings (.524) to go along with six blocks (three solo). Babin's 143 total blocks were the second best tally in school history behind only Tracy Harrison (1982-85), who set a WCC record 186 as a senior.

DONS TALENTED NEWCOMERS PLAY WELL AT HUSKY INVITE: USF's outstanding trio of newcomers turned in impressive performances at the 2007 Husky Invitational in their first matches in the Green and Gold. Freshman opposite Sarah Mandala averaged 2.91 kills on .270 hitting to go along with 0.64 blocks in her first collegiate matches. Freshman setter Alaina Sully averaged 9.22 assists per game, including a season-high 55 in a win against Cal State Northridge (8/25). Junior outside hitter Addie Webster came on for the Dons after a slow start, averaging 2.70 kills and 3.30 digs with back-to-back double-double matches.

Addie Webster MAKES DONS DEBUT: Junior outside hitter Addie Webster shook off a slow start to enjoy a strong first tournament for USF. A transfer from Eastern Washington, Webster captured Big Sky Newcomer of the Year honors in 2005 and turned in back-to-back double-double matches for the Dons. Webster recorded 13 kills on .306 hitting to go along with 16 digs against Fresno State (8/25) and turned in 12 kills and 17 digs against Cal State Northridge (8/25).

TAKING THE FIFTH: With the five-game victory against Cal State Northridge (8/25), USF has won 10 of its last 11 matches going the distance. San Francisco's streak of nine consecutive five-game match wins came to an end in the 2006 regular season finale against Portland State in the Banker's Classic. The Dons posted its ninth straight five set decision with a thriller at Long Island (9/22) at the 2006 LIU Blackbird Invitational. The Dons turned in an impressive 6-0 record in five-game matches in 2005 after going 0-4 during the 2004 campaign. Since 2003, the Dons are 15-7 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.