USF split two road matches this weekend, losing Friday night at ECU before rallying for an impressive win at Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon.
Friday, the Bulls lost in four sets to the Pirates (12-25, 25-23, 27-29, 16-25). Freshman Doris Carter led the way, finishing with 15 kills on a .419 hitting percentage. Carter has reached double-digit kills 11 times this season.
Sunday afternoon, the Bulls got kills from eight different players and rallied for a comeback win against a solid Bearcats team in five sets (25-20, 21-25, 12-25, 26-24, 15-12). Junior Briana Stowell tallied her first double-double with 11 digs and the Bulls improved to 3-0 this season in five-set matches.
USF (10-14, 5-9 The American) returns home for the final weekend of the season on Friday night, facing Houston. Senior day will be Sunday afternoon against Tulane.
The Bulls season came to a brutal end on Saturday night, losing 1-0 at Temple. USF needed a result in order to earn a spot in the conference tournament.
Senior Bradley Farias had a team best three shots, and the Bulls actually outshot the Owls 12-7 but could not find an equalizer. USF finishes Bob Butehorn’s first season as head coach at 6-6-4, 3-2-2. While it was a disappointing end, this marks the 14th consecutive season USF has finished with a .500 or better record.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPION WOMEN’S SOCCER!!
USF prevailed in a thrilling round of penalty kicks on Sunday against that school down the road to clinch their first ever American Athletic Conference tournament title. Carl made the trip to UCF and has us covered with more on the game here. THIS ONE FEELS REALLY GOOD! See you in the NCAA tournament, ladies.
It’s about that time. The new and (not so?) improved Bulls cruised to a 94-66 blowout exhibition win over Flagler on Friday night at the SunDome.
Graduate transfer Payton Banks had 19 points and was 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. USF was also plus-19 on the boards with 16 offensive rebounds.
Take from that game what you will. It all counts on Friday night when the Bulls open the regular season at home against FAU under new head coach Brian Gregory. We’ll take this week to get you up to speed on all the new faces on this year’s team.
Don’t forget, and how could you, about the women’s team who will actually open their season against LSU that same night. Come early, stay late at the Sun Dome this Friday as basketball season gets underway.