Fall outlook: Sizing up sports storylines
Though football is the most attended sport on most collegecampuses, USF has made an impact in the athletic landscape with their non-football teams. With students back on campus and the fall athletics season underway, The Oracle looks to catch readers up onthe key highlights for each the other fall teams.
The Bulls look to fill the large void created with the loss of forward Dom Dwyer, who was drafted by Sporting Kansas City in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. They took their first step towards the change with a solid recruiting class, including another Tyler Junior College product. Samuel Hosseini, a German mid-fielder who played at Tyler, committed to the Bulls, and was joined by forwards Edwin Moalosi and Humberto Bertan, defender Juan Carlos Garcia, conterback Matthew ONeal, keeper Mike Mitchell and defender Mario Mesen of Costa Rica.
With the departure of senior leaders Chelsea Klotz and keeper Nicole McClure, the Bulls look to shift their leadership to both current veterans and incoming freshmen. While the Bulls offense is led by junior Demi Stokes, who led the team with four goals, four assists and 12 points, and senior Taylor Patterson, the defense is led by a fresh face, first-year keeper Christine Endler, who made her mark in hersecond regular season game, making six saves and picking up a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over the Miami Hurricanes. The defensive is shored up by the presence of senior Alexandra Boo Eagle.
One of the most consistent faces of the USF athletic department was former volleyball coach Claire Lessinger. Due to a family illness, Lessinger was forced to step down from her post, and ushered in a new era of USF volleyball. Courtney Draper, who made history as the youngest coach in NCAA volleyball history when shetook on the lead role with the Jacksonville Dolphins, brings big game expertise, making the Division II Tournament five of her eight years at Eckerd, her stop before joining the Bulls.
After the most successful season in school history, when the Bulls made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years and won two games before falling short of the Sweet Sixteen, the USF mensbasketball team had a relatively calm offseason, with little change from their successful 2012 squad. The blow from the departures of seniors Ron Anderson Jr. and Augustus Gil- christ was softened when forward Victor Rudd Jr. decided to remove his name from the list of NBA draft prospects, after initially entering his name into the ring. The main storyline for the Bulls was the return of their home court, in the form of the newly renovated USFSun Dome, where the team will open their season on Nov. 10, against UCF.
The biggest storyline for the USF womens basketball team was the return of half of their dynamic duo. After missing a full season due to an ACL injury, senior guard Andrea Smith will make her return to the hardwood when the team opens their season on Nov. 10 against Stetson at 2 p.m., thefirst of an opening day double header with the mens team playing afterward. Smith aver- aged 16.5 points per game in 2010, before suffering the injury. She is the twin sister of fellow guard Andrell Smith, who was fourth on the team in 2011 with 8.3 points per game. The Bulls will look to improve on a season that saw two National Invitational Tournament home wins, before a road loss to James Madison ended their season.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More usforacle News Articles
Recent usforacle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR USFORACLE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST USFORACLE NEWS
- Despite injury, Flowers to start against No. 22 Navy
- Trump, Clinton focus on Bay Area with early voting commencing
- Building a BRIDGE
- Organization provides shuttles to early polling sites
- USF campus police notification system receives criticism from students
- Women’s basketball starter ruled out
- USF senior day ends in draw with Bearcats
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Which Home Upgrades Really Pay Off?
- Reverse Mortgages Can Be a Valuable Retirement Tool
- Family Friday Destination: Try This TV Trio
- A Life Half Full: Aging With Optimism
- Lights, Camera, Action -- Holiday Style
- Bates Family Grows as Daughters Become Moms
- Women Face Challenges When It Comes to Health Coverage
- Fitness Sauna Promotes Health and Profit for Small...
- Backpack Offers Instant Drink Discreetly At the Push of a...
- Stem Cells, Biologics Could Be Answer to Next Generation...
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- GoFundMe Awards $100,000 in Scholarships to 10 Promising Students
- Kaplan Survey: Law School Slump May be Over, but Recovery is Fragile
- CONFERENCE USA COLLEGE WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL AND MEN'S SOCCER COVERAGE ONLY ON beIN SPORTS
- Exclusive campus app bans professors and launches into 30 campuses!
- COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND WITH FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT FIU - only on beIN SPORTS