North Florida (4-20) at USF (13-6)When: Tonight, 7Where: The CorralTV/Radio: None
The Bulls will kick off their annual “Dig for the Cure” match tonight against North Florida in hopes of raising money for breast cancer research.
The Bulls will accept donations toward the campaign tonight at the match in the Sun Dome Corral. Each dig the Bulls acquire will raise money to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“I love the fact that we can do something so special in our own sport to really help out this great cause,” said volleyball head coach Claire Lessinger. “It is a great opportunity to raise money for something that is really important to people, especially women, everywhere.”
The campaign is not specific to USF. A plethora of schools across the nation have adopted it. Since the Bulls started their campaign four years ago they have raised $8,500.
The USF women are riding high off a sweep of Georgetown. The Bulls defense held the Hoyas to a season-low .052 hitting percentage. The Bulls also are in the top five in the Big East in blocks-per-game.
“We have always been known for being scrappy with our defense,” said Lessinger. “This year we have greatly improved our serving and blocking. Our defensive is more balanced and we are a much better team because of that.”
North Florida comes into Tampa after being swept in their past two matches against in-state rivals Florida A & M and Florida Gulf Coast. In their game against Florida Gulf Coast, senior Maegan Weisert tallied a double-double with 11 kills and a team-high 19 digs.
In the last meeting with North Florida, the Bulls edged the Lady Ospreys 3-2 in a match in Jacksonville. Fabris and Marcela Gurgel combined for 41 kills and 23 digs to lead the Bulls.