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USF Volleyball Prepares for West Coast Conference Opener vs. San Diego Thursday

Sept. 24, 2006

University of San Francisco Volleyball Notes (16-1, 14 Straight Victories)Dons Win 14th Straight Match and Capture 2006 Long Island Blackbird Invitational

- USF captured its 14th straight victory at the 2006 Long Island Blackbird Invitational with a sweep against Saint Francis, improving to 16-1 on the season - the best start in program history. The winning streak is the second longest in program history as the Dons 2003 squad started the season at 15-0 before falling at No. 6 Pepperdine (3-1) and No. 21 Loyola Marymount (3-1).

- San Francisco won its fourth straight tournament, going undefeated at the 2006 Long Island Blackbird Invitational. The Dons dispatched the host Blackbirds (3-2), Cornell (3-1), and Saint Francis (NY) (3-0). The Dons hit .256 for the tournament and limited opponents to a .148 clip, while holding a 185-153 kills advantage.All-Tournament: So. S Darcy Carroll, So. MB Alix Gombos, Jr. OH Kristin Hasselberg & Jr. OH Brynn Maurer (MVP).

- USF improves to 5-1 on the season against 2005 NCAA Tournament teams - Siena, 3-0 (8/26), UC Santa Barbara, 3-1 (9/3), Sacramento State, 3-2 (9/8), Western Kentucky, 3-1 (9/9) and Long Island (9/22). The Dons only loss came at No. 18 Arizona (8/26).

- San Francisco owns an unblemished 6-0 record against 2005 league champions - Cornell (Ivy), Long Island (NEC), Sacramento State (Big Sky), Siena (MAAC), UC Santa Barbara (Big West) and Western Kentucky (Sun Belt).

- With its 3-2 victory at Long Island (9/22), USF has now won nine consecutive five-game matches dating to last season. The Dons were 6-0 last season and have successfully gone the distance against San Jose State (9/1), Sacramento State (9/8) and the Blackbirds in 2006. San Francisco is 14-6 in five games since Jeff Nelson took over the program in 2003.

- With 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), the Dons improved to a remarkable 27-3 against East Coast schools since 2000. USF's last setback came to perennial national power No. 7 Penn State in 2004. San Francisco has won 15 straight against the right coast.

- Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg enters the first week of West Coast Conference play needing just 19 kills to reach 1,000 in her career and currently rates 8th on the all-time USF kills chart with 981. Hasselberg would become the just second junior in program history to crack the 1,000 kills mark and first since USF Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser accomplished the feat in 1990.

- Hasselberg continues her assault on the Dons career kills list and moved into eighth place on the list against Cornell (9/22), passing Laura Tinetti (1997-2000), who tallied 976. After tallying a team-high 53 kills in the Dons 4-0 East Coast swing, Hasselberg now owns 981 in her Green and Gold career. Next up is Chiara Lawrence (1997-2000), who compiled 1,011, good for seventh place. For her career, Hasselberg averages 3.94 kills per game, the top mark in program history.

- Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer recorded 51 digs during USF's 4-0 East Coast swing and enters the opening week of West Coast Conference play with 1,173. Maurer needs 64 to become the Dons all-time leader and 19 to take sole possession of second place, passing USF Legend Brittanie Budinger (2000-03). USF Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser (1988-91) owns the record with 1,236. For her career, Maurer averages 4.62 digs per game, the top mark in program history.

- Sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos enjoyed another strong tournament for the Dons at the 2006 Long Island Blackbird Invitational, earning all-tournament honors for the fourth time this season. Gombos averaged 2.60 kills on .345 hitting to go along with 1.30 blocks. On the season, Gombos ranks second on the team in kills (3.02) and blocks (1.13) and leads the Dons in attack percentage (.354).

Up Next: San Francisco opens West Coast Conference play when it hosts San Diego Thursday night and defending league champion and ancient Bay Area rival Santa Clara Saturday at War Memorial Gym. The Dons take on the Toreros at 7:00 PM and take on the Broncos in a 1:00 PM matinee.