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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 22, 2007

USF - 3
Cal State Bakersfield - 1

San Francisco, CA
USF volleyball let game one get away, but won three straight games against Cal State Bakersfield Friday night in 29-31, 30-24, 30-25, 30-18 non-conference action at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (10-5) hit .342 in collecting their 10th win of the season and limited the Roadrunners (4-11) to a .137 clip.

Senior honors candidate Kristin Hasselberg slammed a career-high 21 kills on .292 hitting to go along with five digs and four blocks. Hasselberg moved into third place on the USF career kills list with 1,356, passing USF Hall-of-Famer Lisa Tschannen (1989-92), who tallied 1,339. USF Legend of the Hilltop Melanie Kaiser sits in second place at 1,468.

Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala continued to produce for the Dons, adding 15 kills on .357 hitting to go along with five digs and two blocks. Junior middle blocker Carly Babin chipped in 14 kills on .500 attacking and recorded seven blocks (one solo).

Junior setter Darcy Carroll turned in her second double-double night of the season with 57 assists and 13 digs to go along with four blocks (one solo), while senior libero Brynn Maurer added a match-high 29 digs.

San Francisco held a huge 68-49 kills advantage, a 13.0-5.0 block edge and enjoyed a 76-55 digs lead.

Senior middle blocker Melissa Myers had a team-high 12 kills for CSUB, while junior outside hitter Sarah Norman added 11 and junior middle blocker Rosemary Stribling chipped in with 10 for the Roadrunners.

USF returns to action when it takes on Cornell in its final non-conference match of the season Saturday, September 22. First serve against the Big Red is set for 5:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.

SCU - 3
San Jose State - 0

Santa Clara, CA
In front of a energetic and boisterous crowd, the Santa Clara volleyball team served up a 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-22) sweep of San Jose State Friday night in the sixth annual Rivalry Series. With the win the Broncos improved to 8-6 on the year, while the Spartans evened out a 6-6 overall.

"They played with pride tonight," said head coach Jon Wallace. "The crowd had a lot to do with the energy on the court. There were many times I saw our players looking into the stands. They were really excited that all these students were out supporting them. It gave them a lot more pride."

Junior Brittany Lowe registered her fifth double-double of the season with a match-high 18 kills and 11 digs. The outside hitter also posted a match-high four total blocks. Aiding the Broncos attack were sophomore Lindsy Evans and freshman Krista Kelley. Evans tallied 15 kills and a match-best .481 hitting percentage (15-2-27), while Kelley recorded 13 kills. Junior Taylor O'Brien collected a personal best and match-high 13 digs, while senior setter Crystal Matich dished out 50 assists and recorded 10 digs for her second double-double of the season.

The Broncos jumped to a quick 5-1 lead in the first game on points from Evans and Lowe. SCU held the lead through the entire game even though SJSU tried its hardest to tie the score. Evans got on top the ball to give Santa Clara an 18-12 advantage, while a spike from Lowe brought the Broncos to 20 points. Back-to-back unassisted kills from Evans and Kelley gave SCU match point, while a kill from Lauryn Dowd ended game one, 30-21.

Santa Clara gained a 7-4 lead in game two on a service ace from Lowe. But San Jose State rallied back to bring the score within two, 10-8, on a kill from Jennifer Senftleben. Yet, that was the closest the Spartans were able to get. SCU pushed a head on a four-point rally from Kelley to make the score, 21-12. The Broncos earned a 10-point lead over the Spartans, 27-17, on a block assist from Evans and Lowe, and then finished the second game, 30-18.

Coming back from the break, the Spartans opened the third game, 4-1, on points from Emily Burke. However, the Broncos fought back to knot the score, 4-4 on a block from Scoffone and Lowe. The two teams then battled point-for-point throughout the remainder of the game, with score being tied seven times. On strong serving efforts from Kelley and kills from Lowe and Dowd, the Bronco gained a four-point edge, 17-13. SCU continued to hold control of the scoreboard as a kill from Evans brought the score to, 29-21. Santa Clara brought the match to a close with a 30-22 game three victory on a high-powered kill from Lowe.

"It was so much fun out there tonight," said Kelley. "We had great communication and a lot of support from the bench and the crowd."

For the Spartans, Keri Anglin registered 10 kills and two total blocks, while Burke posted a double-double with 18 assists and 11 digs.

The Broncos return to action on Sunday, Sept. 23, to host the Rebels of UNLV. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m., at the Leavey Center.

Saint Mary's - 3
Cornell - 0

Moraga, CA
The Gaels were led by freshmen setters Kapua Kamana'o and Christy Payne, in the 3-0 (30-11, 30-27, 30-12) sweep over the visiting Cornell Big Red. Kamana'o and Payne guided the Gaels to a .390 hitting efficiency in the match, recording 19 and 16 assists respectively. Freshman Megan York posted a game-high 17 kills in the match, while also adding nine digs and six blocks. At the middle positions freshman Shannon Lowell and sophomore Megan Burton each chipped in six kills.

The Gaels took control early in game one, scoring six straight points to take a 6-0 lead over the Big Red. Groess served for all six points, with York, Burton, and Jaeckel all contributing kills in the run. Saint Mary's would string together another run of points behind the serving of Lowell. Lowell started the run with an ace, and kills by Barker and Groess would give the Gaels a 16-6 advantage. Serving runs would continue to haunt the Big Red throughout the match, as Kamana'o and Groess would go on five point runs late in the game. Saint Mary's would defeat Cornell, 30-11. Jaeckel and Groess each chipped in three kills in the game, while Fisher scooped up eight digs. Kamana'o led the Gaels with 11 assists, guiding Saint Mary's to an impressive .464 hitting efficiency on the game.

Game two began in the same way, as the Gaels took an early lead, 6-1. Although the Big Red limited the Gaels runs, they could not stop York on the outside, tallying six kills and four digs in the game. Lowell also came up big for Saint Mary's, adding five kills on seven swings, for a .714 hitting percentage. Cornell took the lead at 18-19 and continued to pressure the Gaels, with a 24-27 advantage late in the game. But the Gaels would come back and force the Big Red into three attacking errors, scoring six consecutive points to win the game, 30-27. Christy Payne took the reins for the Gaels in game two, tallying nine assists, while also leading Saint Mary's to a .326 hitting percentage.

The Gaels put on a blocking show in game three, tallying five total blocks. York ignited in the game for Saint Mary's, posting seven kills, three digs, and two block assists. York was joined by Groess, who chipped in three kills on five swings with a .600 attack efficiency. A serving run by Groess to start the game boosted the Gaels to a 6-0 advantage, and five consecutive serves by Lowell, left the game at 16-5. The Big Red would call two timeouts early in the game, but the Gaels momentum would not be stopped. Saint Mary's defense continued to frustrate the Cornell attackers, forcing their opponent into a -.061 hitting percentage. The Gaels, on the other hand, recorded a .414 hitting efficiency on the game. Saint Mary's would defeat the Big Red easily, by the score of 30-12.

The Gaels improve to 7-4 on the season and return to action on Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 PM, facing the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners in their twelfth match of the season.

USD - 3
Irvine - 1

San Diego, CA
Six Toreros record double-digit kills as a balanced attack from the 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team proved to be too much for the UC Irvine Anteaters to handle as the Toreros handed UCI a 3-1 (30-20, 30-23, 29-31, 30-21) loss Friday evening in a non-conference match at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 9-4 overall and with the loss Irvine falls to 11-4.

Jaimarie Sutherland led all players with 15 kills. Laurel Abrahamson and Torey Ellick both had 14 kills and Amy DeGroot, Jessica Andersen and Ali Troost all added in 10 kills apiece. Sutherland recorded 11 digs to post her first double-double as a Torero and Ellick posted a .636 attack percentage to go along with her 14 kills. Andrea Csaszi tied a career-high with 27 digs and Kelsi Meyers had a career-high 35 assists in helping direct the San Diego offense to a .267 attack percentage.

For Irvine, Lauren Kellerman recorded a team-bet 12 kills and the only other UCI player in double-digit kills was Kari Pestolesi, who had 11. As a team, the Anteaters hit for a .152 clip.

In game one, the Toreros jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead, thanks to a kill by Troost. The Anteaters would then outscore USD 5-3 to even the game at 6-6. San Diego then responded with a 6-2 run sparked by a Irvine service error and capped by a Sutherland kill off a set from Myers. USD would never look back as they cruised their way to a game one win.

In game two, Irvine captured the first point of the game, but the Toreros would respond with a 4-0 run sparked by a blocking error by Irvine and capped on a DeGroot service ace. The Anteaters would take back one point, only to watch the Torero we respond with a 5-1 run to gain the momentum of the game. USD would go on to build their lead up to as many as seven at 21-14 on a kill by Andersen. The Toreros would not relinquish the lead and claimed game two, 30-23.

In game three, the Anteaters and Toreros had a sea saw battle going in the early going, but with the score knotted at 6-6, Irvine would use a 6-3 run to gain some momentum. The Anteaters would go on to build their lead up to as many as seven at 20-13. San Diego then responded with a 9-3 run to take one point lead at 25-24. The run was sparked by a DeGroot kill and was capped on a Troost kill. The two teams then exchanged points and would be dead even at 28-28. After the Anteaters got game point, USD would again even things up on a UCI attack error. But the Anteaters would then score the next two points to force a fourth game.

In game four, it was all San Diego as the Toreros jumped out to an early lead and cruised their way to victory. The Toreros hit for a .333 clip in this game and the USD defense held the Anteaters to a .089 attack percentage.

The Toreros will return to action on Monday as they host the University of New Mexico in a 7 p.m. match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.