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The Bulls are now 11-5 (2-2 in the AAC) on the season after losing to Cincinnati on Friday night and beating ECU on Sunday afternoon.
In the first game on Friday evening, the Bulls fell in three sets (25 to 23, 25 to 20, and 25 to 13) to Cincinnati. USF had just a .123 hitting percentage compared to a .321 mark for the Bearcats. Elyse Panick had 8 kills (.412 hitting percentage) and 11 digs. Dakota Hampton had 8 kills, 1 assist, and 6 digs. Hannah Smith had a nice game with 5 kills and a dig. Alex Mendoza had 27 assists and 4 digs. Amy Van Sant had 13 digs to round out the top performers for the Bulls. USF just could not get it going despite leading several times in each set.
In the second game, the Bulls swept ECU in three straight sets (25 to 20, 25 to 14, and 25 to 18). USF had a .291 hitting percentage while the Pirates could only muster a .137 overall for the match. Clara Payne had 14 kills and 4 total blocks. Denise Belcher had 6 kills and 6 digs. Amy Van Sant had 8 assists and 15 digs. Joli Holland had 5 kills, 2 total blocks, and 3 digs. Dakota Hampton had 11 kills, Elyse Panick added 12 digs, and Alex Mendoza led all Bulls with 29 assists in the dominating performance. Natalie Montini had 12 kills to lead the Pirates.
After these two road games, the Bulls return home to host Tulane on Friday night in the Corral (game begins at 7 PM). USF will try to build off of this weekend and move above .500 in conference play.
by Matt StatonSoFloBulls.com Columnist | @USFMatt
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