6 suspensions force forfeit

The suspension of six USF volleyball players has canceled today’s match with UCF and left the team’s postseason possibilities in limbo. Senior Kelly Mathiasmeier, juniors Maryann Mooney, Faith Tarver, Michelle Collier, and sophomores Bonnye Glover and Lindsay Guidish all received two-game suspensions for “a violation of team rules,” according to USF coach Nancy Mueller.

“Hopefully, we’ll learn from this and move on,” Mueller said. “They knew that there would be consequences, but we take it on a case-by-case situation.”

According to an article on TBO.com, school sources said the suspensions were a result of drinking alcohol or missing curfew after the Bulls (21-8) lost to Marquette Friday in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament hosted by Houston.Players would not comment on the suspensions.

With the loss of six players, the Bulls only had five eligible players and were forced to forfeit today’s match vs. UCF. Collier, Mooney, Tarver, Glover and Guidish will serve the second game of their suspensions next season.

Since Mathiasmeier is a senior, her suspension will now go into the first round of the NCAA Tournament, provided USF is selected for one of the 33 at-large bids when the field is announced 3 p.m. Monday.

“It may or may not (affect USF’s bid for an at-large berth),” Mueller said of the suspensions. “We’re trying to teach young women about morals and values, and if you don’t stand by what you preach, then what’s the point?

“Some things are bigger than volleyball, and we have to stick to the program’s standards.”

  • Anthony Gagliano covers volleyball and can be reached at oracleanthony@yahoo.com