Well, it took a few days to recover from a fun weekend trip to New Orleans to see USF football hang on for dear life, so the weekend roundup is coming at you a few days late. But it’s here now and we cover some big happenings this week(end) in USF Athletics.
USF played in the final event of its fall season over the weekend and into the early week at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational in Vero Beach. It went quite well for the Bulls.
USF posted a new school record, shooting 44-under to cruise to a 19-shot victory and their second title win of the fall season.
Individually, senior Claudio Correa posted a 6-under 66 in the final round. Correa finished second with a 13-under 203, just one shot behind the winner.
Fellow senior and Tampa native Jimmy Jones finished very strong with a 66 of his own that moved him up six spots to a tie for third at -12. Jones leads all Bulls with six top-10 finishes since last season.
Four Bulls placed in the top 12 on the individual leaderboard, and both Cristian DiMarco and Kyle Flexsenhar each carded an eagle in the tournament.
This is USF’s 13th title victory since head coach Steve Bradley took over the program in 2014.
USF will break until February when the spring season begins at the Seabest Invitational on February 5-6 in Ponte Vedra Beach.
On Friday night, the Bulls returned to action in New Orleans against the only team with a worse conference record, Tulane.
USF (8-12, 3-7 The American) cruised to a straight-sets win (25-17, 25-16, 25-21) over the Green Wave. I actually had the pleasure of watching this match LIVE from Fogelman Arena.
Senior setter Alex Mendoza tallied a match-high 42 assists for the Bulls and USF hit a season-high .333 in the win.
On Sunday, the Bulls traveled to Houston and quite the opposite happened. USF lost in straight sets (21-25, 12-25, 21-25) to the Cougars and any momentum gained from Friday night quickly vanished.
Houston used a late 4-0 run in the first set and a crucial 12-3 run in the second set to easily move past USF.
Mendoza was again the lone bright spot for the Bulls, recording 22 assists and 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the year.
USF will continue conference play on Friday night at home against Memphis.
After posting a 1-1 draw with Memphis and losing 2-1 to No. 11 ranked FIU last week, USF returned to action on Tuesday night for the final non-conference game of the season against FGCU.
The Bulls (6-5-3, 3-1-1) couldn’t find a late winner against a 10-man Eagles team. Carl was at Corbett Stadium and has us covered with his report here.
On Sunday, USF pushed its winning streak to six games with a 2-1 win over UConn. Senior midfielder Jessica Hamrick scored the game-winning header in the 49th minute. The Bulls (11-3-0, 7-1-0) held UConn to just ONE shot in the first half and outshot the Huskies 17-14 overall.
USF looks for the regular-season title and the tight to host the conference tournament with a “War on I-4” win against a very good UCF down the road in Orlando on Friday night.