Bulls hand Hoyas three-set loss

After Georgetown went up 9-4 in the first set, USF coach Claire Lessinger called a timeout.

After the timeout, the Bulls closed the first set on a 21-6 run and grabbed a three-set victory over the Georgetown Hoyas 25-15, 25-20 and 25-16 Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Bulls’ record to 13-8 overall and 4-3 in the Big East. Lessinger said she was pleased with her team’s performance.
“Every win in this league is a big win,” she said. “We’re just thankful to get out of here in three sets while playing solid. This game should give us momentum throughout the rest of the season.”
Junior outside hitter Marcela Gurgel led the Bulls with 18 kills, 11 digs, two aces and a season-high three block assists.
“One of our goals for this weekend was to come out and dominate,” Gurgel said. “We started out slowly but we got back the momentum, and that was one of the things that coach wanted us to do today.”
Blocking was strong and contributed to the team’s victory. Junior Jarka Havlickova matched a career high with eight block assists and senior middle blocker Nakia Williams tied a season high with five block assists.
Lessinger said she was really pleased with her team’s blocking.
“Blocking is one of our strengths and it has taken us a while to get into a groove,” she said. “It’s the reason our 6-2 offense is the best option for us and everybody knows their role.”
A 6-2 offense stacks the front two lines of the court close to the net, allowing players to be better positioned to make defensive plays.
The Bulls will take a break from Big East play and take on the Florida A&M Rattlers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Corral. The match has been designated as USF’s annual “Dig for the Cure” match, which promotes breast cancer awareness.
Lessinger said she believes that playing Florida A&M — an NCAA tournament team from last year — will be a good way for the team to improve its skills before its next Big East challenge.
“We have two weekends in a row where we only play one Big East game and we wanted to get our team out on the floor,” Lessinger said.  “Florida A&M is a good team and we hope to gain momentum going into next weekend.