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USF Volleyball Travels to Southern California for Big WCC Matches at Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine

Oct. 10, 2007

UP NEXT FOR USF VOLLEYBALL: San Francisco returns to WCC action when it travels to Southern California to take on Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. The Dons kick off the expedition Thursday, October 11 in Los Angeles against the Lions. First serve against the LMU is set for 7:00 PM at Gersten Pavilion. The Dons then tackle the Waves in Malibu Saturday with a 1:00 PM match at Firestone Fieldhouse. USF swept the season series against LMU last season for the first time since 1988, but dropped both matches to Pepperdine. The Waves own a dominant 43-1 lead in the all-time series with the only USF breakthrough coming in a 3-2 home victory during the 1993 campaign.

SAN FRANCISCO SWEEPS SAINT MARY'S & SANTA CLARA: USF volleyball turned in its best back-to-back matches of the season and swept ancient West Coast Conference and Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's and Santa Clara during week two of the league slate at War Memorial Gym. The Dons halted a 34-match losing streak to the Broncos, winning for the first time since taking a 3-0 victory at Toso Pavilion November 9, 1989. With the back-to-back wins, USF improves to 13-6 overall, 2-1 in WCC action. For the weekend, the Dons hit .253, averaged 17.67 kills, 17.33 digs and 3.50 blocks per game.

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 Thursday's match at Loyola Marymount with 1,603. 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 rates second on the club in digs (3.86) and aces (0.32).

HASSELBERG THIRD ON USF CAREER KILLS CHART: Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg enters Thursday's match at Loyola Marymount ranked third in career kills with 1,403 and needs 66 to pass USF Legend of the Hilltop Melanie Kaiser (1988-91), who recorded 1,468. Brittanie Budinger (2000-03) is the career leader with 1,518 and Hasselberg needs 116 to overtake the top spot. The Carlsbad native averages a team-best 4.00 kills per game this season.

Sarah Mandala PRODUCING IN FIRST SEASON ON THE HILLTOP: Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala is enjoying a monster freshman season for USF, ranking second on the team in kills (3.29), while hitting at a .238 clip to go along with 1.49 digs and 0.61 blocks per game. Mandala posted the first double-double match of her career against Saint Mary's (10/4/06), recording 14 kills on .400 hitting with 12 digs and five blocks. The San Dimas native followed with a huge match in San Francisco's sweep of Santa Clara, hammering 11 kills and added eight digs, four blocks and a pair of service aces. With 194 kills on the season, Mandala is within striking distance of the USF freshman kills record, established by Theresa Hart (2003-05) with 277.

Carly Babin CRACKS CAREER BLOCKS LIST: 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 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 averages 3.10 kills on .339 hitting to go along with 1.30 blocks on the year. With 242 career total blocks, Babin ranks 10th on the USF all-time list, averaging 1.12 per game and her 37 solo stuffs rank ninth in the career annals.

Alix Gombos HEATING UP FOR WCC PLAY: Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos has elevated her game for the start of the West Coast Conference season. A 2006 WCC Honorable Mention selection, Gombos rates third on the team in kills (3.11) on .553 attacking with just a pair of errors in 86 attempts. In addition, Gombos is getting the job done at the net, averaging a team-high 1.56 blocks per game. Gombos recorded a huge match in the Dons win against Santa Clara, recording a match-high 13 kills on .500 hitting to go along with seven blocks (one solo) for 17 points.