USF hopes to get over the hump
After losing two close road matches last weekend, the Bulls volleyball team (10-9, 2-4) hopes to get back on track with a four-game home stand.The Villanova Wildcats (8-10, 3-2) come to the Sun Dome Corral at 7 p.m. on Friday.Coach Courtney Draper said her team is preparing for unusually tall defenders. The Wildcats have seven players six feet or taller, and two of the tallest players in the conference 6-foot-4 middle blocker Gabby Pethokoukis and 6-foot-5 outside hitter Carly Edwards.The Wildcats size could make it difficult to score, but the Bulls will finally get a break from kill-shot specialists, which they have faced in previous games. No Wildcats player averages more than three kills per set.Though Villanova ranks near the bottom of the Big East in kills, assists and hitting, it ranks in the top half in blocks, service acesand digs.Theyre definitely more skilled on defense, Draper said.On Sunday, the Georgetown Hoyas (6-12, 0-5 Big East) will take the court against the Bulls at 2 p.m.The Bulls main focus will be dual-threat sophomore Alex Johnson, a Tampa native. The 5-foot-11 outside hitter averages about four kills and nearly four digs per set.It seems like every opponent has that type of player, Draper said. We focus on the best players and try to make the supporting players beat us.Last weekend the Bulls didnt succeed at that goal.Silvi Uattara of Syracuse hurt the Bulls with 25 kills to pace the Orange.I do feel we got too comfortable, Draper said. Were not experienced enough to play a roller-coaster type of game.After that loss, the Bulls lost the first set to the first place Marquette Golden Eagles 25-11 last Sunday, but forced the match to five sets.USF now finds itself in a fight to secure one of the eight Big East Tournament seeds. Draper hopes to use the four-game home stand to prepare the team mentally for the rest of the season.Hopefully we can get over the hump and build momentum that we can take on the road afterwards, said Draper.Coming off two heartbreaking losses, the Bulls look to fight from opening serve and finish efficiently. Draper said the losses can be a building block for the rest ofthe season. Sometimes they need to feel that hurt a couple times, so that they keep themselves from feeling it again, said Draper.
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
- USF's 2016 football schedule is now set
- Young innovators competition encourages professional growth
- Flowers’ alma mater hires Florida's first female head football coach
- Jousting, beer and kilts: The Renaissance Festival is back
- Football greats strike down gender roles in new Pantene ad
- Trump tickets still available
- Voter registration deadline approaches
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Crowdfunding's Latest Effort: Preventing Youth Sports...
- El Regalo Ideal Para Cualquier Etapa De Tu Relación
- Seeing a Chiropractor First Can Save You Money
- Flu Season Has Arrived: Helpful Tips to Prevent the...
- 2016 Resolutions: Time for an Update?
- GlobalGiving and Athletic Tips Partner to Help Keep Young...
- Share Your Love This Valentine's Day
- From Bratty to Bearable, Global Nanny Jo Frost Tackles...
- Fibromyalgia: The Disease Whose Exact Cause Remains Unknown
- Beware Scourge Pricing When Using Apps Like Uber