Jac’cara Walker earned her tenth double-double in the Bulls’ loss to ECU
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 10, 2019 – Jac’cara Walker (Gainesville, Fla.) helped the USF volleyball team battle against ECU, with 11 kills and 11 digs earning her tenth double-double in a 3-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore Lindsey Pliapol (Daytona Beach, Fla.) led the USF offense with 19 kills, while CC Clausen (The Woodlands, Texas) led the defense with a game-high 23 digs.
USF and ECU battled throughout the first two sets, totaling 23 ties and 12 lead changes. The Bulls offense totaled a match-high 17 kills in the first set. Lauren LaBeck (Chicago, Ill.) led the Bulls with 26 assists through both sets. A late 5-0 run by ECU made a difference in the set, as the Pirates were able to command a lead the rest of the way.
The third set started with a similar trend that the previous sets had with both teams trading points early. The USF offense totaled a match-high .364 hitting percentage in the set. The Bulls would put away the set with a late 7-0 run ignited by a Sydney Hall attacking error.
Ally Barnhart (Lenexa, Kan.) tied her career-high this afternoon with 10 kills. Madison Bragan (Tampa, Fla.) tied her career-high with two service aces.
Head coach Courtney Draper on encouraging signs from the match:
“I really liked our defensive effort tonight, 75 digs in four sets is where we need to be consistently. I thought that we served tough, but we had a couple of passing breakdowns that unfortunately made the difference. Really solid offensive performances by Jac, Jac’cara, Lindsey, and Ally. I like the way that Lauren is connecting with her attackers.”
USF continues league play on Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Bulls travel to Storrs, CT to face UConn.
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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.