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USF Dons Volleyball Update - September 2, 2007

Sept. 2, 2007

San Francisco Wins 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Challenge: USF volleyball swept through the field and won the 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Classic with 3-0 victories against Oral Roberts Friday night and straight set wins versus Colgate and Eastern Washington Saturday at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (5-1) have won 15 consecutive games dating back to their 0-2 comeback for a 3-2 win against Cal State Northridge in the 2007 Husky Invitational.

Junior middle blocker Carly Babin captured tournament MVP honors for the first time in her career with a dominating performance. The Las Vegas native averaged 4.0 kills on .429 hitting to go along with 2.50 blocks per game. Senior libero Brynn Maurer also collected all-tournament hardware for the Dons, averaging a team-high 5.00 digs and 0.89 service aces per game. Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala earned all-tournament recognition for the first time, averaging 3.75 kills on .340 hitting with 0.50 aces and 0.75 blocks.

Up Next For USF Volleyball: USF hosts Oregon in non-conference action Tuesday night at War Memorial Gym. First serve against the Ducks is set for 7:00 PM. Oregon, a one time Pac-10 also-ran, qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season and will take on the Dons for the first time since 2002 when USF dropped a 3-0 setback at the Cal State Northridge Tournament. USF then competes in the UC Davis Aggie Invitational beginning Friday, September 7. The Dons take on Idaho Friday at 4:30 PM and then play Boise State Saturday at 3:00 PM before taking on the host Aggies at 7:00 PM.

Brynn Maurer Moves Up On WCC Digs Chart: Senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer moved past Loyola Marymount's Deanna Doolittle (1,440) for sole possession of fifth place on the West Coast Conference career digs list, finishing the 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Challenge with 1,445. Next up is former Dons assistant coach Jackie Bernardin, who tallied 1,464 during her standout playing career at San Diego. Playing primarily libero, the Dons all-time digs leader averaged 5.00 per game in sweeps of Oral Roberts, Colgate and Eastern Washington.

USF Sweeps Oral Roberts, Colgate & Eastern Washington: San Francisco dispatched Colgate 30-17, 30-19, 30-14 in the morning match Saturday and took a 33-31, 30-20, 30-21 victory against Eastern Washington in the tournament finale.

USF hit .321 against the Raiders as Babin, Mandala and sophomore outside hitter Anna Berger recorded seven kills apiece to pace the Dons. Maurer added a team-high 13 digs and recorded a career-high five aces. Eight USF players recorded at least five kills in the contest.

San Francisco struggled offensively against the Eagles, hitting .178 for the match, but the Dons defense shut down the Eagles, who hit a miserable .008, including a 1.135 in game two. Babin hammered a match-high 13 kills on .524 hitting with eight blocks, while Mandala had 11 kills, four blocks and a pair of aces. Maurer recorded a match-high 20 digs as the Dons rolled.

USF captured a 3-0 win against Oral Roberts in the 2007 home opener Friday night with a 30-23, 30-25, 30-26 decision. The Dons (3-1) hit a season-high .330 for the match and got strong production from everyone against the Golden Eagles (2-3).

Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala dazzled in her home debut, recording a team-high 12 kills on .625 hitting. Junior middle blocker Carly Babin also tallied 12 kills on .500 hitting to go along with a remarkable nine kills (two solo). Senior opposite hitter Linzy Kearney helped key a strong Dons block, while junior middle blocker Alix Gombos tallied nine kills on .400 hitting with two blocks, with six blocks to go along with five kills and a pair of assists.

San Francisco enjoyed a dominating 11-4 blocking advantage. Oral Roberts hit .378 in game one with 18 kills and just four errors. USF's defense rose to the challenge and the Golden Eagles managed a dismal .093 in game two, .095 in the final set.

Gilad Doron Collects 50th Career Win: New USF head coach Gilad Doron posted three wins at the 2007 Asics/PowerAde Challenge and surpassed 50 career Division I victories against Colgate (9/1) then picked up win No. 51 with a sweep of Eastern Washington (9/1). Doron earned his first victory as head coach of the Dons in a 3-2 victory against Cal State Northridge (8/25). Doron spent three seasons as the head coach at Villanova and currently owns a 51-45 record.