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USF Volleyball Hosts Gonzaga and Portland in Important WCC Matches

Oct. 15, 2006

San Francisco traveled to Southern California in search of its first West Coast Conference victory of the season in a pair of venues it has managed just two combined victories in 20 years. Mission accomplished. The Dons bounced back from a sweep at Pepperdine on Thursday to dispatch Loyola Marymount 3-1 Saturday in Gersten Pavilion in their first victory in SoCal since October 13, 2001 - a 3-2 win on the Lion's home court. With the victory, the Dons snap a season-long four-match losing streak and pick up the program's first win against a Southern California league opponent since dispatching No. 21 San Diego 3-2 (11/14/03).

UP NEXT FOR THE DONS: USF completes the first half of West Coast Conference play when it hosts Gonzaga and Portland this weekend in an important homestand at War Memorial Gym. The Dons welcome the Bulldogs Thursday, October 19 for a 7:00 PM first serve and then take on then Pilots in a Saturday matinee beginning at 1:00 PM.

DONS CELEBRATE 30th ANNIVERSARY TEAM: USF celebrates the program's 30th season of volleyball this season and will honor the top-18 players in program history Saturday, October 21 when the Dons take on Portland in West Coast Conference action. All honorees will be recognized during the match with a special banquet to follow.

USF'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM: Laura Bertani, OH (1979-82); Brittanie Budinger, OH (2000-03); Jenny Boron, S/OH (1982-85); Kelly Harris, OH (1994-95); Tracy Harrison, MB (1982-85); Melanie Kaiser, OH (1988-91); Chiara Lawrence, MB (1993-96); Sharon Mellen, MB (1984-87); Jodi Princeton, OH (1992-93); Teresa Russell, MB (1999-2003); Jeanette Sargenti, MB(1994-97);Kathy Schindler, OH (1982-85); April Scoggin, S (2000-03); KeLicia Shorts, MB(2002-05); Laura Tinetti, MH (1997-2000); Lisa Tschannen, MB (1989-92); Stephanie Voelckers, OH (2004); Amanda Willnerd, OH (1998-2001)

USF VOLLEYBALL CLOSING IN ON 300 PROGRAM VICTORIES: USF enters the fourth week of the West Coast Conference schedule needing just one victory for program win No. 300. San Francisco collected its 250th decision with a 3-1 victory at Portland (11/8/03).

MAURER TWO SHY OF DONS CAREER DIGS RECORD: Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer recorded 29 digs during USF's third week of West Coast Conference play and now needs just two kills to secure the Dons all-time digs record. USF Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser (1988-91) currently owns the top spot with 1,236. For her career, Maurer averages 4.55 digs per game, the top mark in program history. This season the Newport Beach native has reached double-digits in digs in 13 matches, including the last five consecutive and has surpassed 20 three times. After shifting to outside hitter, Maurer averages 2.33 kills and 3.39 digs per game.

HASSELBERG TIED FOR SIXTH PLACE ON CAREER KILLS LIST: Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg moved into a share of sixth place on the USF career kills chart after erupting for a season-high 27 in a win at Loyola Marymount (10/14), finishing with 1,052. Hasselberg enters the fourth week of West Coast Conference play tied with USF Hall-of-Famer and Legend of the Hilltop Kathy Schindler (1982-85) and needs just 15 kills to crack the top-five, passing Jeanette Sargenti (1994-97), who compiled 1,066. Earlier this season, Hasselberg became only the second player in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills as a junior after recording 13 kills against No. 9 Santa Clara (9/30).

KARTCHNER NEARS SECOND PLACE ON CAREER ASSISTS CHART: Senior setter Jamie Kartchner continues to climb the USF career assists chart and enters the fourth week of West Coast Conference play with 3,032. Kartchner became just the third setter in program history to surpass 3,000 career assists at Pepperdine (10/12) and currently ranks third on the USF career list and needs 168 to pass April Scoggin (2000-03), who sits in second place with 3,199. Denise MacDougal (1989-92) is the all-time leader with 3,464.

Haley Carroll FIFTH ON SINGLE-SEASON DIGS CHART: Just 22 matches into her collegiate career, freshman libero Haley Carroll has already cracked the USF single-season digs record chart with 399, good for fifth place on the list. Next up is USF Legend of the Hilltop Brittanie Budinger (2000-03), who recorded 411 in 2003. Caroll leads the Dons and the West Coast Conference with 5.12 digs per game and is chasing current teammate junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer, who set the single-season standard with 544 last year.

Darcy Carroll CLOSING IN ON CAREER ASSISTS TOP-10 CHART: Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll enters the fourth week of West Coast Conference play needing just 12 assists to crack USF's career top-10 list for assists. Kristina Bognar (2002) tallied 912 in 2002. Carroll leads the San Francisco in assists (7.91) in the Dons new 6-2 alignment.