After a three-set victory over Georgetown on Saturday, the Bulls volleyball team will take a break from Big East play to host the Florida A&M Rattlers on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
USF comes into the match with an overall record of 13-8. Meanwhile, the Rattlers come into Tampa with a 6-10 record, but are 3-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Coach Claire Lessinger said she believes the match will be beneficial for the team.
“Like this past weekend, we have the opportunity to prepare for just one team with Florida A&M coming in,” Lessinger said. “This match gives us the option to get on the floor and work on some things out of conference.”
Tuesday night’s match is designated as the team’s annual “Dig for the Cure” match, which promotes breast cancer awareness. During the match, individual sponsors will pledge money for every dig the Bulls earn. Fans can also make donations to the cause.
The money raised by the team will go directly to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This is the fifth year USF has participated in “Dig for the Cure,” and it has raised more than $12,000 according to the USF Athletics Department.
Junior outside hitter Marcela Gurgel was named to the Big East Honor Roll for her performance against Georgetown, and said she looks forward to Saturday’s game.
“We always try to have fun with the ‘Dig for the Cure’ game,” Gurgel said. “It gives us an opportunity to prepare for the game this weekend. We are really excited about that game and hopefully we will get a win.”
With only one match this weekend, Lessinger said she wanted her team to get onto the court.
“We scheduled a Tuesday match to give our team an opportunity to get on the floor,” she said. “Florida A&M is a good team that wins (its) conference year in and year out. We hope that this match will give us some momentum going into the weekend.”