The USF Cross Country team competed in the University of Tampa Early Bird Class on Friday. The women's team won their second meet in a row to start the season. Catherine Blaney ran a 5k time of 18:31 to win the race ahead of her teammate Kelli Williams (18:46), who finished second. "Those two ran by themselves for most of the race," said head coach Dena Reif. "Catherine led everyone and with no pace cart in front of her. I'm really happy with the way they competed."
Michael Babinec ran a 4-mile time of 20:52 to win the race on the men's side. “He was in the front pack through the one mile and then he led the whole race,” Reif said. “He’s been working hard in practice it was great for him to get a win.” The men's team overall finished second behind Nova Southeastern. Next up for the team is the Mountain Dew Invitational up in Gainesville, where the women will run a 6k and the men an 8k.
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USF blowed out the competition and took home the championship in the opening tournament of the season. The Bulls competed in The Invitational at the Ocean Course in Charleston, S.C. and finished a full 27 strokes ahead of second place (Georgia State). Chase Koepka took home the individual championship for the Bulls, posting a final score of 208 (-8). USF next move onto Toledo, OH to compete in the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational on September 22.
The men's soccer team lost to Old Dominion 1-0 on Friday night up in Norfolk, VA. The game was close throughout, but the Bulls fell with just 1:36 left to play thanks to a strike by Ryan Condotta. USF was outshot in the game by a total of 17-14 and only forced Old Dominion's keeper to make three saves. The Bulls will now return to Tampa for a two game home stand, beginning with a game against Brown on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 pm. The second game will be against Washington on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 pm.
Roberto Cid made it all the way to the finals in two competitions at the Bedford Cup this weekend. The singles match was played this morning between him and UNF's Jack Findel-Hawkins. Also being played today is the doubles final with Cid and Sasha Gozun taking on UNF's Findel-Hawkins and Muscheites. We don't know the results of either match, but will update this as soon as we do.
The rest of the men's team was up in Harvard this weekend competing against the University of San Diego. Freshman Justin Roberts walked away with the only win for the Bulls. USF will return to action at the end of the month in Tulsa, OK in the ITA All-American Championships.
The volleyball team was up in Auburn, AL in the Active Ankle Challenge. The Bulls started out the tournament on a low with a 3-2 loss to Winthrop, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Troy on Saturday to reach the finale. The finale against Auburn saw USF walk away with the 3-2 victory. Erin Fairs was named MVP of the tournament after recording 55 kills over the three games. USF will travel up to Pittsburgh next weekend for the last non-conference tournament of the year.
The women's soccer team hosted four teams in the USF Soccer Classic this weekend. UCF topped Texas 2-0 in the first game of the tournament before USF got blown out 3-0 by South Carolina later that same night. The Bulls were able to salvage something out of the tournament, however, recording the 2-0 win over Texas on Sunday. Next up for USF is an away match against Boston College on Thursday, Sept. 18.