Track and Field competes in two meets in Boston
On Friday, USF competed in the Crimson Elite hosted by Harvard and placed second behind the hosts in both Male and Female competition. Junior Shaneylix Davila continues her impressive run at USF breaking her own personal record twice during the meet in the 60m hurdles in the prelim and also the final securing one of five first place finishes for the Bulls. Freshman Kendall Mosley (men’s high jump), junior Annia Ashley (women’s high jump), freshman Kobe Babin (men’s pole vault), and freshman Shaniya Benjamin (women’s long jump) joined Davila winning their competition. Junior Stone Baker (second, men’s pole vault), freshman Jasmine Knowles (fifth, women’s mile), freshman Alliya Boothe (third, women’s weight throw), freshman Victor Steiner (third, men’s 60m hurdles), and sophomore Hannah Connell (second, women’s 60m) all had top-5 finishes to end the day.
On Saturday, the Bulls competed in the Boston University Bruce Lehae Scarlet and White Invite scoring another successful day. Boothe (women’s shot put), Mosley (men’s high jump), and Baker (men’s pole vault) all placed first in their competitions. Babin (second, men’s pole vault), and sophomore Hannah Connell (fifth, Women’s 200) all placed in the top-5.
Head Coach Erik Jenkins continues the rise of the track and field program. USF will next compete in the Badgers Windy City Invite Friday to Saturday.
Women’s Tennis loses 5-2 to North Florida
USF opened their home schedule with a Friday match vs. UNF. The doubles teams of junior Amelie Boy and freshman Sierra Berry, freshman Alexadria Mjos and sophomore Margriet Timmermans, and freshman Kiana Mokhtari and junior Laura Pellicer all won in straight sets to open the scoring by securing the doubles point. Unfortunately, the Ospreys took over in singles play winning five of six matches. USF’s lone single’s point came from Berry who won in straight sets.
USF (1-4) welcomes SMU to Tampa on Sunday.
Men’s Tennis goes 1-1 in doubleheader home opener
The Bulls opened their home schedule with a doubleheader against a pair of in-state rivals. In game 1, USF lost a close match to FAU 4-3 despite securing the doubles point with a 6-3 win by juniors Chase Ferguson and Antonio Muniz and a 7-5 victory by junior Rithvik Bollipalli and sophomore Bruno Oliveira. Junior Sergio Gomez Montesa and Muniz won their singles matches, but FAU completed the comeback victory against Bruno Oliveria in a match that went the distance to decide the final point.
USF came right back in the afternoon with a 4-1 victory over North Florida in a game that skipped doubles play due to the length of time in the opening match. UNF opened singles play with a straight set victory over Muniz, but the Bulls took the next four matches. Oliviera came back after his marathon performance in game 1 to win in straight sets. Ferguson, sophomore Manuel Gonsalves, and junior Serigo Gomez Montesa also won their matches to secure the victory for the Bulls.
USF (2-3) will welcome Texas A&M to the USF Varsity Tennis Courts on Saturday.
Women’s Basketball loses first home game of season vs. Tulane, 67-55
On the edge of sneaking back into the top-25, the Bulls welcomed Tulane to the Yuengling Center where the Green Wave snapped their 16-game home winning streak handing them their first home loss of the season. USF shot their worst three-point percentage of the year connecting on only 2-27 (7.4%) of their attempts. That coupled with shooting 33% from the field spelled doom for the Bulls despite a 40-20 advantage on points in the paint. USF had three scorers in double figures - Elena Tsineke (18), Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu (15), and Bethy Mununga (14) - with Mendjiadeu and Mununga scoring double-doubles adding 10 and 13 rebounds respectively. Sydni Harvey, Elisa Pinzan, and Maria Alvarez shot a combined 3-25 from the field in the matinee.
USF (16-6, 6-2) will head to Philly to take on Temple on Wednesday.