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Mixed results for Bulls

After a final tune-up before Big East play, the USF volleyball team is still looking for consistency.

USF moved to 7-3 this season after splitting two at the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview Classic in South Carolina this weekend.

College of Charleston (4-7) beat USF in a five-set thriller Friday night 20-25, 25-16, 25-19, 21-25, and 7-15.

“It was a disappointing loss. We just could not put things together consistently. We started to get predictable, and then we got blocked,” said USF coach Claire Lessinger. “There were a lot of domino effects going on out there: when things were good they went great, and when it was bad, it turned to worse.”

Senior Marcela Gurgel had 20 kills in the match, moving into third place all-time on the school’s career kills list with 1,531.

Riding the momentum of her match against UCF on Tuesday night, Allie Boaz contributed another 14 kills and attacked at a team-high .231 hitting percentage. Boaz also had six blocks. Mariana Thon had a season-high 33 assists in the match.

The Bulls swept Lafayette College (7-3) in straight sets Saturday 25-22, 25-21, and 25-15. Boaz had another big match with eight kills and two blocks.

“Boaz was by far our most consistent hitter of the weekend,” Lessinger said. “Once she gets hot, she is unstoppable.”

Gurgel and Pamela Luiz both had nine kills. USF junior Rachel Matos claimed her first career kill and freshman Callie Hasko had her collegiate debut in the third set.

“It’s fun when you get the opportunity to get your bench in. Their teammates get excited to see other players get playing time,” Lessinger said.

The Bulls start conference play Saturday, opening up at Rutgers.