Dons During the Summer

One of the biggest stories in the University of San Francisco Athletics’ history broke over the summer. Charlotte Taylor, a senior All-American runner from Spalding, England, competed in the NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championships 10k race at the beginning of June… and won it all.

Charlotte Taylor during the NCAA Championship 10k.

After almost six miles, the leading trio was neck and neck. This is when Taylor shifted into another gear, separate from all her other competitors. With a time of 32 minutes and 38 seconds, Taylor became the first USF athlete to win a NCAA Track and Field title. She beat out Alice Wright of the University of New Mexico by just over four seconds. After the race, Taylor said that “It was nice once it strung out a bit. It’s always a bit difficult when there’s a lot of people around.”

The USF Women’s soccer team won their season opener against the University of New Mexico in the Lobos Invitation in Albuquerque. The New Mexico Lobos scored the first goal with a  header from  Emily Chavez in the third minute. Redshirt junior Samantha Jehnings equalized in the 13th, and senior Sonja Giraud secured the Dons victory in the 49th minute off a rebound from the New Mexico goalkeeper Emily Johnson. After the match, USF Head Coach Jim Millinder said “New Mexico is very direct and tough to defend. They came at us, but we absorbed it and got a nice win on the road.”

Millinder also said that the team “had a lot of contribution from a lot of players. Several freshmen got an opportunity to play and they did a good job.” The freshman that played and impacted the game include Emily Pye, Cassidy Helenihi, Michelle Feinberg and Ashley Humphrey.


The USF Dons’ Women’s team won their home opener against #6 Cal Friday night with an 86th minute volley shot from Izzie Lueken.


The Dons’ Women’s soccer’s next game is Sept. 1 in Sacramento against UC Davis. The Dons beat UC Davis 1-0 last season.


The USF Dons’ Men’s team dropped their season opener 5-3 against UCLA Saturday night. Eddie Soto, the Dons’ head coach, said that the team “didn’t show up in the first half and that was the difference…you can’t shy away for 50 minutes and think you are going to be on the end of a good result.” USF Midfielder Leon Schwarzer put in a pair of goals within a minute of each other cutting the deficit in half, then Schwarzer assisted Sean Bowman on the team’s third and final goal.


Men’s soccer’s plays their next game on Sept. 1 in Indiana. The Dons hope to rebound in their second game of their season.


Women’s Volleyball competed in the USF/SJSU Invitational this past weekend. The Dons swept visiting Nevada three sets to none (26-24, 25-18, 25-23). Nevada and USF started with identical hitting percentages with 0.150 and 0.158, respectfully. Nevada started a comeback and almost caused a fourth set, but the Wolfpack had no answer for freshman duo Erica Ronda and Carly Lowry. This win marked the first Division 1 win for head coach Frank Lavrisha. The rest of the weekend did not go so well. USF was swept by Fresno State with scored of 26-28, 17-25, and 15-25. The Dons were held to 0.073 and 0.037 hitting percentages in the final two frames of the match. USF was also plagued with 21 errors throughout the match. The final game of the weekend was a real Battle of the Bay, against San Jose State University. The Dons managed to pull out one set during the 1-3 loss to the Spartans. Ronda recorded another game with 10-plus kills and two aces. SJSU rolled back to win the final three frames of the match.

2017-18 Women’s Volleyball Team Pictuer donsathletics/FLICKR

Women’s Volleyball’s next game in at home against Northern Colorado on Sept. 1. This game kicks off the Dons’ second tournament of the season, the North Dakota State University Classic.


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