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The Bulls got back on the win column this weekend as they swept the USF Classic and improved their overall record to 9-3 on the season. This was a great tournament for the Bulls from the start.

No. 11 Dakota Hampton USF Volleyball (2000x1160)

The Bulls dominated the opening game of the weekend, taking all three sets against Stetson on Friday night (25 to 15, 25 to 14, and 25 to 19). USF posted a .376 kill percentage while the Hatters had a .133 mark. Clara Payne had 7 kills and 3 service aces. Denise Belcher had 7 kills, 4 digs, and 4 total blocks. Joli Holland had 7 kills, 3 digs, and 6 block assists. Dakota Hampton led the way again with 11 kills and 6 digs. Elyse Panick had 2 kills, 7 assists and digs total. Alex Mendoza was solid again on offense, leading with 31 assists and 4 digs. Amy Van Sant rounded out the night for the Bulls with 7 digs with the victory.

The Bulls made it two straight on Saturday afternoon, beating Wright Straight in three straight sets (25 to 19, 25 to 20, and 25 to 22). The Bulls had a kill percentage of .246 compared to .145. Denise Belcher had 10 kills and 8 digs. Joli Holland had 9 kills and 2 digs. Dakota Hampton had 10 kills and 16 digs. Elyse Panick had 11 kills and 13 digs. Alex Mendoza had 38 assists and 14 digs. Amy Van Sant rounded out the match with an assist and 16 digs.

In the final game of the tournament, the Bulls won in 3 straight sets (again) over LIU Brooklyn (27 to 25, 25 to 11, and again 25 to 11). The Bulls held a huge edge in the kill percentage at .339 compared to .097 as the Bulls dominated once again. Hampton had 15 kills, 2 assists and 9 digs. Payne had 10 kills, 3 service aces, and 6 digs. Denise Belcher had 14 kills, 11 digs and 3 total blocks. Alex Mendoza had 41 assists, 2 service aces, and 7 digs. Panick had 11 digs and Van Sant had 15 digs and 3 assists to wrap up the great weekend series.

USF took a set back last weekend in Depaul, but they were able to back on track this weekend and got three nice victories in the process. USF never dropped a set and started a new winning streak that will be put to the test. They will now head to Orlando on Wednesday evening as they begin AAC play against the Knights. The real work begins now.

by Matt Staton
SoFloBulls.com Columnist | @USFMatt


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