The Bulls are back in action on Sunday with SMU visiting The Corral
TAMPA, Oct. 11, 2019 – South Florida women’s volleyball fell to the UCF Knights (11-6; 4-1 American) in four sets in the War on I-4 opener on Friday night in The Corral. The Bulls (7-12; 1-4 American) took the first set, but UCF took the next three to earn the Knights’ first win of the year in the rivarly.
The first set was back and forth for its entirety. A total of 19 ties and six lead changes gave way to South Florida winning the set 26-24. Sophomore Lindsey Pliapol (Daytona Beach, Fla.) led the Bulls through the first set with six kills, while freshman Madison Bragan (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore Lauren LaBeck (Elk Grove, Ill.) both posted seven assists.
UCF rallied in the second set, winning 25-12. South Florida battled back in the third, keeping the set close until a late run by the Knights clinched a 2-1 UCF lead. UCF charged ahead once again in the fourth, earning another 25-12 victory to clinch the match.
Freshman Jac St. Cin (St. Petersburg, Fla.) posted team-highs in kills (14) and hitting percentage (.417). LaBeck led the team in assists with 23, while sophomore CC Clausen (The Woodlands, Texas) tallied a team-leading 22 digs.
Head coach Courtney Draper on encouraging signs from today’s win…
“Our two right sides were both freshmen. Aleia Wilborn (McKinney, Texas) finished with nine kills and hit a .227 and Jac St. Cin with 14 kills and hit a .417. We’ve got a lot of young kids, freshmen, that are doing pretty incredible things. We just want to see it consistently.”
- Bragan’s 16 assists set a new career high for the freshman.
SMU visits The Corral on Sunday for another conference matchup. First serve is at noon.
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Head coach Courtney Draper led her team to 20 wins in 2018, the most in her time at USF and the most for the program since 2002. The Bulls appeared in the NIVC, the program’s first postseason trip since 2002. Senior outside hitter Jac’cara Walker led USF with 394 kills and recorded her 1000thcareer kill during the 2018 year, on her way to earning first team All-American Athletic Conference honors. USF returns four starters, including its libero, while welcoming 9 newcomers to the fray in 2019 in the form of two transfers and seven freshmen.