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Young Bulls end resurgent season

Published: Monday, November 26, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012 07:11

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Outside hitter Erin Fairs won Big East Freshman of the Year and led the Bulls to the conference tournament after the team missed out in 2011.

After falling just short of the Big East Tournament semifinals, the USF volleyball team returned home for one final game Saturday night, looking to end the season on a high note. Central Michigan, however, had a different plan.

The Bulls were unable to end the season with momentum on their side as the Chippewas took control from the opening tip and, after getting a close win in the opening set, cruised to a two-set sweep over the youthful Bulls, who
finished their 2012 season with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 loss.

The young USF roster, led by Big East freshman of the year Erin Fairs, shook off a 2-4 start to the season to make the Big East Tournament — which it did not qualify for in 2011 — on the final day of the season, beating Connecticut in
straight sets to clinch the 410sixth seed.

After upsetting Notre Dame, the third seed, in the opening round of the conference tournament, the Bulls were unable to recapture the magic against second seed Marquette, ending their conference season and hopes for the NCAA Tournament.

The loss to Central Michigan to close out the season left USF’s record at 17-15, with the team finishing with five more wins than a season ago.

 

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