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Dons Host 2007 USF Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational

Sept. 11, 2007

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UP NEXT FOR THE DONS: San Francisco volleyball enters a crucial week with four matches scheduled kicking off Wednesday, September 12 at Bay Area rival San Jose State. The Dons return home to host the 2007 USF Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational, beginning Friday, September 14. USF opens tournament play against perennial NCAA Tournament participant Sacramento State at 7:00 PM. San Francisco opens day two of the tournament against Xavier at 11:00 AM, before closing out the invitational with a 7:00 PM showdown against No. 14 Cal Poly. The Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational is the second home tournament for the Dons, who won the fourth annual Asics/PowerAde Challenge with sweeps of Oral Roberts, Colgate and Eastern Washington.

QUOTING HEAD COACH GILAD DORON: "We are heading to one of the most important weeks of the season and we are looking forward to the upcoming challenge. San Jose State is a much better team this year and Sacramento State and Cal Poly are top-25 teams who are coming here along with Xavier who is playing their best volleyball in a long time (went five with No. 14 Michigan last weekend). It is exciting for us to host some of the top teams in the nation this year at our home tournament. We have been working very hard over the past few weeks and saw many of our players start to gel and adjust to what we have been trying to do. We had a slow start last weekend but ended with two wins where we felt we played our best volleyball of the short season. This is going to be another test for us before we head to conference play in two weeks."

MAURER FIFTH ON WCC DIGS CHART: Senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer moved past former Dons assistant coach Jackie Bernardin (1,464) for sole possession of fifth place on the West Coast Conference career digs list and enters Wednesday's match at San Jose State with 1,475. Next up is Portland standout Laura Coyle, who recorded 1,630 during her career on the Bluff. Playing primarily libero this season, the Dons all-time digs leader averages 1.34 kills, a team-high 0.44 aces and rates second on the club in digs with 3.62.

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. Hasselberg enters the fourth week of 2007 ranked fourth in USF career kills with 1,277. Since her arrival on the Hilltop, Hasselberg has notched double-figures in kills 69 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 4.00, Hasselberg averaged 3.41 kills and 1.35 digs at the Aggie Invitational last weekend.

HASSELBERG RESUMES ASSAULT ON KILLS CHART: Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg enters the fourth week of the 2007 season ranked fourth in career kills with 1,277 after passing Teresa Russell (1999-03), who collected 1,244 on the Hilltop. Hasselberg needs 63 to pass USF Hall-of-Famer Lisa Tschannen (1989-92) owns third place with 1,339. USF Legend of the Hilltop Brittanie Budinger (2000-03) is the career leader with 1,518 and Hasselberg needs 241 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, 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 dazzled last weekend at Davis, averaging 4.00 kills on .388 hitting with 1.60 blocks per game.

VOLLEYBALL ON THE NET FOR THE USF ASICS/COCA-COLA INVITATIONAL: All matches of the 2007 USF Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational will feature live scoring through GameTracker, courtesy of CSTV. In addition, the Dons Saturday matches against Xavier and No. 14 Cal Poly will feature live streaming audio/video, courtesy of Yahoo Sports. To access these broadcasts, simply log on to USFDons.com, click on the "Watch" link under the events tab on the main page and then click on the appropriate match on the Yahoo schedule.

USF DONS VOLLEYBALL WEEK 4 OPPONENTS

SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANSHead Coach: Oscar Crespo, 1st Year (SJSU, 1990)Career Record (Years)/School Record (Years):  6-3 (1st Year)/6-3 (1st Year)2007 Overall Record: 6-3Last Meeting: at USF 3, SJSU 2 (9/1/06)MATCH ON THE NET:LiveStats: Yes Streaming Audio/Video: No

USF ASICS/COCA-COLA INVITATIONAL OPPONENTS

CAL POLY MUSTANGSHead Coach: Jon Stevenson, 3rd Year (UCSB, 1980)Career Record (Years)/School Record (Years):  130-83 (7th Year)/47-16 (3rd Year)2007 Overall Record: 5-4Last Meeting: at USF 3, Cal Poly 0 (9/13/05)MATCH ON THE NET:GameTracker: Yes       Streaming Audio/Video: Yes

SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETSHead Coach: Debby Colberg, 32nd Year (Sac. St., 1970)Career Record (Years)/School Record (Years): 807-287 (32nd Year)/807-287 (32nd Year)2007 Overall Record: 8-3Last Meeting: USF 3, at Sacramento State 2 (9/8/06)MATCH ON THE NET:LiveStats: Yes Streaming Audio/Video: No

XAVIER MUSKETEERSHead Coach: Floyd Deaton, 18th Year (W. Liberty, 1978)Career Record (Years)/School Record (Years): 359-211 (18th Year)/359-211 (18th Year)2007 Overall Record: 8-3Last Meeting: First meetingMATCH ON THE NET:LiveStats: Yes Streaming Audio/Video: No

USF DONS VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT NOTES
DONS IN TOURNAMENTS: So far in 2007, San Francisco captured a tournament title at the Asics/PowerAde Challenge and a pair of runner-up showings at the Husky Classic and the Hallmark Aggie Invitational. USF competed in six tournaments during the 2006 season, capturing four titles and two runner-up showings. San Francisco fell in the title match at the Arizona Tournament, falling 3-1 to the No. 18 Wildcats and dropped a disappointing 3-2 decision to Portland State in the Banker's Classic to end the 2006 regular season. USF won titles at the Hornet Invitational, the Marquette Challenge and the Long Island Blackbird Invitational. USF also captured its second straight win at the PowerAde/Asics Classic. Since 2003, San Francisco has won 12 tournaments, including a perfect 4-0 record in 2003.

DONS HOST PAIR OF 2007 TOURNAMENTS: USF hosts its second tournament of the year September 14-15 with the inaugural Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational. Two 2006 NCAA Tournament teams - Cal Poly and Sacramento State - make up a highly competitive field along with Xavier. The Dons open tournament play when they tackle the defending Big Sky champion Hornets Friday in a 7:00 PM match. San Francisco is hosting two tournaments for the first time in school history in 2007. The Dons swept all opponents in their first event, dispatching Colgate, Eastern Washington and Oral Roberts in the USF Asics/PowerAde Challenge. The Dons posted their third win in the popular event's fourth year.

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 fourth 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. An eight-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 69 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 4.00 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 fourth week of the 2007 season with 1,475, good for fifth place on the West Coast Conference career chart. For her career, Maurer averages 4.33 digs per game, the top mark in program history. Since her arrival on the Hilltop, Maurer has surpassed 20 digs 25 times and has tallied double-digits 75 times in 95 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. Gombos averages 2.21 kills on .322 hitting with 1.04 blocks per game so far in her junior campaign.

Darcy Carroll CRACKS CAREER ASSISTS TOP-10 CHART: Junior setter Darcy Carroll enters the fourth week of the 2007 season with 1,411 assists, good for seventh place on the Dons career list. Carroll needs 381 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).

Addie Webster VERSATILE FOR USF: 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). Webster tallied nine kills and nine digs against Oregon (9/4) and averages 2.52 kills and 2.80 digs per game.

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. As a sophomore, Carroll leads the team in digs (4.73) and is third in aces (0.20).

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. Babin earned MVP honors at the Asics/PowerAde Challenge, averaging 4.00 kills on .429 hitting with 2.50 blocks per game in leading USF to three straight sweeps.

DONS TALENTED FRESHMEN PLAY WELL IN HOME DEBUTS: USF's outstanding pair of freshmen have produced so far in their first season in the Green and Gold. Freshman opposite Sarah Mandala ranks second on the team in kills (3.29) on .269 hitting to go along with 0.54 blocks. Freshman setter Alaina Sully averages 7.00 assists and 1.46 digs per game for the Dons offense.

Linzy Kearney NINTH IN USF CAREER BLOCKS: Senior opposite Linzy Kearney continued to produce for the Dons and enters the fourth week of the 2007 regular season ranked ninth in USF career total blocks with 258. 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). 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).

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.

DONS TOUGH AGAINST THE EAST COAST: After a 3-0 win against Colgate (9/1), San Francisco has now won 16 straight matches against East Coast opponents. In 2006, the Dons posted a 4-0 week on the East Coast - Cornell (3-1), Long Island (3-2), New Jersey IT (3-0) and Saint Francis (3-0), improving to a remarkable 28-3 against East Coast schools since 2000. USF's last setback to the right coast came to perennial national power No. 7 Penn State in 2004 at the Stanford Invitational.