USF throttles Ospreys

Pink surrounded the Corral during the women’s volleyball game against North Florida University on Tuesday night – a tribute for breast cancer awareness month.

The Bulls not only helped raise money for breast cancer research, but also came away with one of their easiest victories of the season.

The Bulls were hosting their fourth annual “Dig for the Cure” campaign, a way to raise money for breast cancer patients.

A monetary pledge was made prior to the game for each dig recorded. USF finished with 45 on the night.

“I thought, based on our offensive production, that the fact that we had 45 digs was impressive, especially since we had 19 in the first game,” coach Claire Lessinger said. “Stephanie Augustavo set the standard, which you always want your libero to do, by registering 16 digs in the entire match. But I could definitely see some fire out there to keep that ball alive, and I was definitely happy with the production we got out there for the campaign.”

Lessinger has brought additional attention to the program by speaking on two radio shows this week in support of the event.

USF never trailed as it swept the Ospreys. The offense finished with 46 kills and a .382 hitting percentage. The Bulls only committed 10 total errors.

The defense held up their end of the bargain by holding North Florida to a .068 hitting percentage – the second time in as many games they have held an opponent to under .100 for the game. They also contributed eight blocks.

USF couldn’t have started the first match any better, going on an 18-2 run. North Florida seemed out of place on the court and could not get into a rhythm. The Bulls dominated and won the match 30-18.

The second match was much more competitive, with North Florida tying it at nine. From then on, the Bulls went on a 5-0 run and easily won 30-14.

To complete the sweep, the Bulls used their experience and advantage in height to overcome a slight rally. The final score of 30-24 was not indicative of the match. The Bulls dominated this game from start to finish.

Marcela Gurgel led the offense with 13 kills and nine digs. She also had two aces, which raised her Big East lead in service aces to 55. Augustavo led the defense with 16 digs. Also, the Bulls defense didn’t allow any Osprey to achieve more than eight kills on the night.

The game will be rebroadcast today at 8 a.m. on Fox 13.