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USF Forward Tyler Blackwood, Photo by GoUSFBulls.com
USF Forward Tyler Blackwood, Photo by GoUSFBulls.com

Cross Country

The cross country team competed in the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday. A total of 125 colleges competed at the event, including 24 men's and 27 women's teams that are currently ranked nationally. The men's team finished 29th out of 42 teams and the women finished 25th out of 33 teams. "Overall it was a good experience," head coach Dena Reif said. "It will prepare them for conference because of the variety of competition. It was probably more competitive here today than our regional meet will be." Next up for the team is the FSU Invitational on Friday October 10th. It will be their last meet before the American Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 31 in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team has been competing in the Erin Hills Collegiate in Hartford, Wis. since Sunday (today is the last day). USF is currently in fifth place heading into the final day, just five strokes behind Northwestern for fourth place, and seven strokes behind tournament-host Marquette for third. SMU is in second place, just three strokes behind UCLA. To follow the live results on the final day, click here.

Men's Soccer

The #22 men's soccer team has been on a roll recently and are currently riding a three game winning streak, including a strong 2-0 start to conference play. On Saturday fans witnessed history as Tyler Blackwood became the first Bull since 2007 to record a hat trick when he scored three goals in just an eight minute span to lift USF to the 3-0 victory over Temple. "That was impressive," head coach George Kiefer said. "Tyler is a very good finisher around the goal and I think you're seeing that." Next up for the Bulls is a home game against Tulsa on Wednesday night at 7:30.

Men's Tennis

The Bulls have been competing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Seven Bulls competed in the tournament, but only two of them emerged out of the qualifying round. Roberto Cid competed in the singles tournament and also teamed up with Sasha Gozun in doubles. Cid is ranked #19 nationally and when paired with Gozun they rank #12 in doubles. Cid and Gozun upset the #9th ranked duo in Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge from North Carolina state, but fell to the #27th ranked pair of Alex Lawson and Billy Becor from Notre Dame in the second round. Cid fell to Nicolas Alvarez of Duke in the third round of singles on Saturday. The team now has a bit of a break before heading to Atlanta, Ga. for the ITA Regionals.

Sailing

The USF sailing team was down in Miami for the SAISA Women's Fall Championships. The team had a very successful showing, winning the doublehanded championship and having two top five finishers in the singlehanded championship. In the doublehanded, Dominque Wright competed in the A-Division with crews Charlie Bess and Darcy Jensen while Alison Knoles raced in the B-Division with crews Kayla Burrows and Kristen Walker. USF took the top two spots in the final race of the weekend to clinch first place and earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Championships on November 15-16 at MIT. In the singlehanded, Freshman Madison Gates led USF with a third place finish and was closely followed by Dominique Wright and Alison Knoles, who took fifth and sixth place, respectively. The Bulls will be back competing again this weekend in the Navy Fall Women's Regatta in Annapolis, Md.

Volleyball

The USF volleyball team had two matches this weekend, but could only take one victory. On Friday the Bulls dominated UConn 3-1 and on Sunday they fell to Temple 3-0. USF now has a conference record of 2-2 so far. The Bulls will next host UCF on Wednesday at 7:00 to complete their three game homestand. Check out the highlights from the weekend here:

Women's Soccer

The women's soccer team had a great weekend in conference play, defeating both Houston and SMU to improve their record to 2-2 in the conference and 7-5-1 overall. "I have to give a ton of credit to the team," head coach Denise Schilte-Brown said. "They showed a ton of leadership because they picked themselves up and went out there and continued with what they had started." Next up for the team is a home game against UCF this Friday night at 8:00 pm.