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Weekend Roundup: Spring Coming To An End

Three different USF seasons came to an end this weekend while one all-time Bulls great is still competing for the right to be called a national champion. This is your Weekend Roundup.

Matthew O'Neal will have the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships on June 10th in Eugene, OR.
Matthew O'Neal will have the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships on June 10th in Eugene, OR.

Men's Golf Eliminated From NCAA Tournament

The national championship wasn't meant to be for USF Men's Golf as they were bounced from the NCAA Championships in Eugene, OR over the weekend, shooting +36 in three days to finish 26th. The Bulls would've needed to place 15th or higher to advance to the final rounds.

After ending the first day eleven over par and in 19th, things did not go so well for Steven Bradley's guys for the next two days. The Bulls put themselves further away from the pack with a +14 outing on Day 2 to plant them in 25th. While they did show a better outing on Sunday, it was too far of a hill to climb, as they finished nine strokes behind the cut line and saw their season come to an end.

The season didn't end without accolades however as Chase Koepka, Claudio Correa, and AAC Player of the year Aksel Olsen were all named to the Division I PING All-Southeast Region team.

"Four team wins, four individual wins, four all-conference guys and we won the conference championship," head coach Steve Bradley said after the tournament. "There is so much good that can't detract from what happened this week."

The way this program is headed, we should expect even more victories, conference championships, and NCAA Tournament appearances in the immediate future.

Roberto Cid's USF Career Ends in NCAA Quarterfinals

Another all-time green and gold great played his last game for South Florida over the weekend as Roberto Cid was eliminated in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men's singles tournament, losing to UCLA's Mackenzie Macdonald 6-3 and 6-2.

The senior, along with fellow Bulls All-American Dominic Controne, advanced to the Round of 16 on Thursday, marking the first time the program's produced two All-Americans in the same season. While Controne felll to TCU's Cameron Norrie on Friday, Cid defeated San Diego's Uros Petronijevic (try saying that five times fast) to advance to the quarterfinals and come upon the brink of a Final Four appearance.

A three-time AAC Player of the Year, two-time All-American, and #2 ITA player at one point this season, there is no doubt that Cid leaves as the G.O.A.T in terms of Men's Tennis and will certainly be a USF Hall of Famer. Even though the program is positioned to stockpile AAC on AAC championships in future years, it''ll be very difficult to replace a player like Roberto Cid.

Baseball Falls in AAC Tournament

2016 Baseball season? Never heard of it

After upsetting East Carolina in the AAC Tournament opener in nearby Clearwater, the Bulls were trounced by eventual Tourney champs Uconn 9-1 on Thursday. Facing elimination, the Bulls dueled with Memphis on Friday in a back and forth affair that saw four ties and three lead changes. Despite three-hit performances from Luke Borders, Kevin Merrell, and Duke Stunkel Jr., the BaseBulls fell to the Tigers 7-5 to officially send them home for the summer.

We've already talked about how injuries have rendered this season a lost one for Mark Kingston's ballclub, but with the talent that's returning and being brought in for next year, a healthier ballclub should be able to pick up where they left off in 2015 and be NCAA Regional contenders in 2017.

Matthew O'Neal Breaks School Record (Again), NCAA Championship Bound

With every other spring sport wrapping up, another USF all-time great is still pushing along and breaking records as Track and Field's Matthew O'Neal has advanced to the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive year.

The Jackson, MS native broke his own school triple jump record by recording a jump of 55.9 inches (17.01m) to top the field of 48 athletes competing at the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville and booked his ticket to Eugene, OR on June 10th. Even he couldn't believe what he had accomplished.

"I went down the runway and jumped as best I could," O'Neal said afterwards. "When he said that number (17.01) I said "what'd they say?' Then the official said it again and I was like ‘o wow.' That was an awesome jump."

Vying to become a six-time All-American in Eugene, O'Neal stands as a legitimate contender to become a national champion and put an exclamation point on the #SpringOfRings campaign. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on Matthew when June 10 rolls around.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Bulls fans!

....oh, and I guess the Big 12 meetings are finally happening this week. NBD.