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No. 11 Dakota Hampton USF Volleyball (2000x1160)

USF split their weekend set of games, falling in four sets to Tulane and beating Houston in four sets on Sunday afternoon. The Bulls are now 12-6 (3-3) on the year (they split their two games last weekend).

On Friday night, the Bulls fell in four sets (17 to 25, 19 to 25, 25 to 20, and 17 to 25) to Tulane to drop their record to 11-6 (2-3). The Bulls could only muster a .184 hitting percentage compared to a .253 mark for the Green Wave who started the match with a .364 mark in the first set. Clara Payne had 8 kills (.381 hitting percentage), 3 digs, and 4 total blocks. Hannah Smith had 11 kills, 2 digs, and 2 block assists. Dakota Hampton had 9 kills (just a .100 hitting percentage), 13 digs, and 3 block assists. Elyse Panick had 9 kills, 3 services aces, and 15 digs. Alex Mendoza added 37 assists and 11 digs while Amy Van Sant totaled 2 assists, 3 service aces (3 errors), and 14 digs. T’ara Austin added 9 kills and 3 digs to round out the top performers for the Bulls. Junior outside hitter Sarah Ray had 19 kills and 18 digs for Tulane.

On Sunday, the Bulls won in four sets (25 to 13, 25 to 21, 23 to 25, and 25 to 12) and posted a .275 hitting percentage while holding the Cougars to a .159 mark overall for the match. Clara Payne had 11 kills, 9 block assists, and 1 dig. Hanna Smith had 6 kills and 3 block assists. T’ara Austin had 12 kills and 13 digs. Elyse Panick had 8 kills, 3 service aces, 6 digs, and 3 block assists. Denise Belcher had 6 kills, 4 digs, and 3 block assists. Alex Mendoza had 35 assists (led the team), 3 service aces (2 errors), and 19 digs. Amy Van Sant had 4 assists and 24 digs to round out the Bulls top performers. Brianna Lynch had 12 kills and 5 digs to lead the Cougars. It was a solid way to end the weekend and get back to .500 in the conference standings.

The Bulls will head to Philadelphia to take on Temple on Friday night (game begins at 7 PM). USF lost both matches to the Owls last year (just something to note).

by Matt Staton

SoFloBulls.com Columnist | @USFMatt


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