Nov. 12, 2006
USF volleyball secured a crucial West Coast Conference home split with the program's first ever sweep of Loyola Marymount, before dropping a 3-1 decision to Pepperdine. The Dons win against the Lions completed the first season series sweep of LMU since the 1988 campaign. San Francisco hit at a .321 clip for the weekend, averaging 16.29 kills, 12.29 digs and 2.64 blocks per game against the Lions and Waves.
UP NEXT FOR THE DONS: USF concludes the 2006 West Coast Conference slate in the Pacific Northwest where it will face Portland and Gonzaga. The Dons tackle the Pilots Thursday, November 16 in a 7:00 PM match at the Chiles Center and take on the Bulldogs Saturday in a 1:00 PM match at the Martin Centre. USF owns a seven-match winning streak against both Portland and Gonzaga and need a road sweep to finish at .500 during league play for the first time since 2003 and only the fourth time overall.
BALANCED OFFENSE KEYS USF'S SUCCESS: With four matches remaining in the regular season, USF is about to turn in another program first. The Dons enter the final week of West Coast Conference play with four players - Kristin Hasselberg (432), Alix Gombos (274), Anna Berger (237) and Brynn Maurer (204) - with 200 or more kills on the season. This equals the program best set seven times, with the last coming in 2005. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin enters Thursday's match at Portland with 195 kills on the year and needs five to give San Francisco its most balanced attack in program history.
HAMMERING HASSELBERG CLIMBS DONS CAREER KILLS LIST: 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). Hasselberg enters the final week of West Coast Conference play with 1,157 kills and is chasing Dons standout 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). Since her arrival on the Hilltop, Hasselberg has notched double-figures in kills 63 times, including 14 matches with 20 or more and owns 19 double-doubles (kills/digs) with a team-high eight already in 2006. Hasselberg is the Dons career leader in kills per game at 4.02 and averages 4.60 kills on .230 hitting to go along with 2.20 digs during her junior campaign.
BABIN TIED FOR SIXTH ON USF'S SINGLE-SEASON BLOCKS LIST: Sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin continues to make her presence felt at the net for USF and enters the final week of West Coast Conference play with 132 total blocks good for a share of sixth place on the Dons single-season top-10 list along with former teammate KeLicia Shorts (2002-05), who tallied 132 as a junior. With four matches remaining in the regular season, Babin needs five stuffs to crack the top five and eight to move past Chiara Lawrence (1993-96), who tallied 139 in 1995, for second place. Tracy Harrison (1982-85) is the WCC and Dons single-season leader with 186 in 1985.
KARTCHNER 13 SHY OF SECOND PLACE ON CAREER ASSISTS CHART: Senior setter Jamie Kartchner enters the final week of West Coast Conference play 3,187 assists and needs just 13 assists to pass April Scoggin (2000-03) for sole possession of second place on the USF career assist chart. Kartchner became just the third setter in program history to surpass 3,000 career assists at Pepperdine (10/12). Denise MacDougal (1989-92) is the all-time leader with 3,464.
Haley Carroll SECOND ON SINGLE-SEASON DIGS CHART: Just 28 matches into her collegiate career, freshman libero Haley Carroll is already threatening the USF single-season digs record with 479, good for second 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 5.04 digs per game and is chasing current teammate junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer, who 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) en route to conference player of the week honors.
MAURER ADDS TO DONS CAREER DIGS RECORD: Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer recorded a team-high 18 digs last week in a split with Loyola Marymount (11/9) and Pepperdine (11/11) and continued to build on the program's all-time digs record, finishing the seventh week of West Coast Conference play with 1,301. USF Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser (1988-91) held the top spot with 1,236 for nearly 16 years. For her career, Maurer averages 4.41 digs per game, the top mark in program history. This season the Newport Beach native has reached double-digits in digs in 17 matches and has surpassed 20 three times. After shifting to outside hitter for 2006, Maurer averages 2.22 kills and 3.24 digs per game.
SOPHOMORE MIDDLES IMPRESSIVE: USF's middle blocker tandem of Alix Gombos and Carly Babin are enjoying outstanding sophomore seasons. Gombos ranks second on the team in kills (3.01) and blocks (1.14) and leads the club in attack percentage (.345), while Babin leads the team and ranks second among West Coast Conference blocks (1.38) leaders and is second on the team in attack percentage (.311); fifth in kills (2.03).
Darcy Carroll CRACKS CAREER ASSISTS TOP-10 CHART: Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll enters the final week of West Coast Conference play with 1,056 assists, good for ninth place on the Dons career list. Carroll needs 68 in her final four regular season matches to move into eighth place, passing Sandy Kruger (1997-98). Carroll leads San Francisco in assists (7.61) in the Dons new 6-2 alignment.
NELSON CLOSING IN ON LEAGUE WINS MARK: Already the program's career wins leader with 74 and counting, USF head coach Jeff Nelson needs just two conference wins to match the school record for West Coast Conference victories. Laurie Corbelli (1986-89) won 22 conference contests, and guided the Dons to a 9-5 slate and a third place finish in 1987 en route to WCC Coach of the Year Honors.
USF LOOKS TO RE-WRITE PROGRAM WINS RECORD: With four matches remaining in the regular season, San Francisco has a golden opportunity to set the program wins standard. USF tallied its 21st victory in a convincing sweep of Loyola Marymount (11/9) and chases the 23 wins recorded by the 2003 NCAA Tournament edition in head coach Jeff Nelson's first campaign with the Green and Gold. The 21 victories so far this season are the second most in program history. The Dons registered program win No. 300 in a sweep of Gonzaga (10/21/06) and have 74 victories since Nelson took over the reigns of the program.