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USF Volleyball Travels to No. 21 Santa Clara and No. 18 San Diego

Oct. 24, 2006

San Francisco pushed its West Coast Conference winning streak to three matches with back-to-back sweeps against Gonzaga and Portland at War Memorial Gym. The Dons offense fired on all cylinders, hitting at a .313 clip for the weekend, while racking up 18.33 kills per game. Meanwhile USF's defense limited the Zags and Pilots to a combined .123 attacking with 11.50 kills per game. Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way offensively, averaging 5.50 kills per game on .311 hitting to go along with 2.67 digs, while freshman libero Haley Carroll was nothing short of amazing for the Dons defense, averaging a mind-boggling 8.33 digs per game with 50 in six games.

UP NEXT FOR THE DONS: USF opens the second half of West Coast Conference play with a showdown against ancient Bay Area rival No. 21 Santa Clara Thursday night at the Leavey Center. The Broncos were swept by league-leading No. 18 San Diego last weekend, dropping to 4-3 in WCC play - part of a four-team logjam in second place at 4-3. The Dons, who own a 3-4 league record then head to San Diego Saturday for a 1:00 showdown against the unbeaten Toreros. USF dropped four-game decisions to both the Broncos and USD in the opening week of WCC play.

MAURER CAPTURES DONS CAREER DIGS RECORD: Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer recorded 19 digs during USF's fourth week of West Coast Conference play and with her second against Gonzaga (10/19) secured the program's all-time digs record, finishing the weekend with 1,256. USF Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser (1988-91) held the top spot with 1,236 for nearly 16 years. For her career, Maurer averages 4.52 digs per game, the top mark in program history. This season the Newport Beach native has reached double-digits in digs in 14 matches and has surpassed 20 three times. After shifting to outside hitter for 2006, Maurer averages 2.39 kills and 3.37 digs per game.

Haley Carroll NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Freshman libero Haley Carroll enjoyed an outstanding week helping the Dons to back-to-back West Coast Conference sweeps and for her efforts earned WCC Player of the Week honors for the first time in her young career. Although rarely recognized with weekly honors, few liberos enjoyed the kind of week Carroll did in helping the Dons to the only 2-0 record in week four of the league schedule. The Gilroy native averaged a mind-boggling 8.33 digs (50 total) in back-to-back sweeps of the Bulldogs and Portland, including a new USF three-game single-match record of 29 against the Pilots, shattering the previous best of 27 set by Kelly Harris (1994-95) against Idaho State (9/16/94). Carroll excelled in serve receive with 40 total receptions with just two errors, helping the Dons hit at an impressive .313 clip for the weekend. Carroll is the second player to earn WCC Player of the Week honors this season, joining Alix Gombos (9/24). In addition, Carroll is the first libero in school history to capture weekly league accolades.

HASSELBERG OWNS FIFTH PLACE ON CAREER KILLS LIST (1,085): Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg moved into sole possession of fifth place on the USF career kills chart with 1,085 after recording 33 in back-to-back sweeps against Gonzaga (10/19) and Portland (10/21). Next up on the kills leader board is Teresa Russell (1999-03), who tallied 1,244. 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). Hasselberg is the Dons career leader in kills per game at 4.00 and averages 4.68 kills on .229 hitting to go along with 2.25 digs. The Carlsbad native averaged 5.50 kills on .311 hitting and added 2.67 digs and four service aces last weekend against the Bulldogs and Pilots.

Haley Carroll THIRD ON SINGLE-SEASON DIGS CHART: Just 24 matches into her collegiate career, freshman libero Haley Carroll has already cracked the USF single-season digs record chart with 449, good for fifth place on the list. With her 12th dig against Gonzaga (10/19) Carroll passed USF Legend of the Hilltop Brittanie Budinger (2000-03), who recorded 411 in 2003. Caroll leads the Dons and the West Coast Conference with 5.35 digs per game and is chasing current teammate junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer, who recorded 457 digs as a freshman in 2004 and set the single-season standard with 544 last year. Carroll averaged an amazing 8.33 digs (50 total) in back-to-back WCC sweeps of the Bulldogs and Portland (10/21) last week.

KARTCHNER NEARS SECOND PLACE ON CAREER ASSISTS CHART: Senior setter Jamie Kartchner continues to climb the USF career assists chart and enters the fifth week of West Coast Conference play with 3,084. 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 115 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.

Darcy Carroll CRACKS CAREER ASSISTS TOP-10 CHART: Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll enters the fifth week of West Coast Conference play with 945 assists, good for 10th place on the Dons career list. Carroll needs 108 to move past Christen Hamilton (1999-00), who dished out 1,053. Carroll leads the San Francisco in assists (7.86) in the Dons new 6-2 alignment.

DONS CELEBRATE 30th ANNIVERSARY TEAM: USF celebrates the program's 30th season of volleyball this season and honored the top-18 players in program history Saturday, October 21 when the Dons hosted Portland in West Coast Conference action. Fourteen former players returned to the Hilltop and War Memorial Gym - some for the first time since graduating - and watched USF dismantle Portland 30-18, 30-13, 30-26.

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 DOWNS GONZAGA FOR PROGRAM VICTORY No. 300: USF swept Gonzaga (10/19) at home for program win No. 300. San Francisco collected its 250th decision with a 3-1 victory at Portland (11/8/03). Since arriving on campus for the 2003 season, Jeff Nelson has guided the Dons to 72 wins and counting.