The San Francisco Challenge hosted by our very own University of San Francisco took place at War Memorial at the Sobrato Center last weekend. St. John’s University, Brown University and University of California, Santa Barbara were the other colleges here for the tournament.
Out of USF’s three games, they dropped the two against St. John’s and UCSB, but claimed victory against the Brown Bears 3-1. Although the Dons won 3-1, looking at the set scores of 30-28, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-19 show a much closer game than the match score indicates. Freshman Tyna Adamcikova led the way with 27 kills. Junior Kim Gutierrez kept the Dons’ defense afloat with 17 digs.
Their first game against the undefeated St. John’s Johnnies was a thrashing the whole way through. USF lost in straight sets 14-25, 17-25 and 10-25. St. John’s player Emily Di Maulo set her team up for victory with 28 assists.
The final game against the Santa Barbara Gauchos didn’t go well either. In the first set, USF held strong for a 24-26 loss. In the second and third sets they were stomped 12-25 and 15-25, for another 0-3 sweep. USF’s 0.078 kill percentage wasn’t anything to be proud about compared to the Gauchos 377.
After their invitational San Francisco now sits at a meager 4-6. The Roadrunner Classic this upcoming weekend on the 16th and 17th against UC Irvine, UC Riverside and Northern Arizona in Bakersfield should hopefully be a turning point to prep them for the West Coast Conference. League play will start on Thursday, Sept. 22, against the University of San Diego in San Diego.
PHOTO CREDIT: USF Athletics