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USF Volleyball Closes Out Regular Season in the Pacific Northwest

Nov. 15, 2007

UP NEXT FOR THE DONS: USF Volleyball closes out the 2007 season in the Pacific Northwest, beginning Thursday, November 15, when it takes on Portland in West Coast Conference action at the Chiles Center. The Dons seek their first road win since September 11 when they dispatched San Jose State in a five-game thriller in the South Bay. San Francisco closes out the year at Gonzaga Saturday in a 1:00 PM contest at the Kennel in Spokane. Earlier this season, the Dons dropped a five-game battle to the Bulldogs, before bouncing back for a sweep against the Pilots.

HASSELBERG RESUMES ASSAULT ON KILLS CHART: Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg enters Thursday's match at Portland ranked second in career kills with 1,497 and moved past USF Legend of the Hilltop Melanie Kaiser (1988-91), who recorded 1,468, with a 20-kill night at Saint Mary's (11/3). Brittanie Budinger (2000-03) is the career leader with 1,518 and Hasselberg needs 22 to pass her. The Carlsbad native averages a team-best 3.63 kills and 4.09 points this season and ranks ninth among West Coast Conference kills leaders.

MAURER THIRD ON WCC CAREER DIGS CHART: USF senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer continues her climb up the WCC career digs list and currently owns sole possession of third place on the career list with 1,686. With 12 digs against Loyola Marymount (11/8), Maurer passed Portland's Murphy McClenahan (2003-06), who finished with 1,684. Playing primarily libero this season, the Dons all-time digs leader rates second on the club in digs (3.36) and is third in aces (0.24).

Sarah Mandala SHINES FOR THE DONS: Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala continues to stake her claim as one of the most dynamic first year players on the West Coast. A two-time all-tournament selection, Mandala ranks second on the team in kills (3.39), while hitting at a .235 clip. Mandala earned WCC Player of the Week honors leading the Dons to victory against Saint Mary's (10/4) and Santa Clara (10/6), averaging 4.17 kills on .340 hitting to go along with 3.33 digs and 1.50 blocks. Mandala turned in a 15-kill night against No. 14 Cal Poly (9/15) and tied her career-high with 18 kills in a sweep of No. 12 San Diego (10/27) en route to her second WCC Player of the Week nod. With four matches remaining in the regular season, Mandala owns the USF freshman kills record with 291 after passing Theresa Hart (2003-05), who tallied 277 in 2003. During WCC play, Mandala averages a team-best 3.48 kills to go along with 1.57 digs and 1.00 blocks per game.

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 2.82 kills on .326 hitting to go along with 1.21 blocks on the year and ranks among WCC leaders in attack percentage (third) and blocks (fifth). With 274 career total blocks, Babin ranks 10th on the USF all-time list, averaging 1.10 per game and her 43 solo stuffs also rate 10th in the career annals.