USF’s match against St. John’s unexpectedly ended Sunday after a campus power outage caused the Sun Dome Corral to go dark.
Only four points into the match, the lights went dead around 1:10 p.m., and after nearly an hour delay, the match was canceled. The Bulls were leading 3-1 in the first set.
The Bulls (9-4, 2-1) opened the weekend home series with a five-set loss to Connecticut (9-9, 2-1) in the Corral on Friday.
Despite a 2-0 set lead and some impressive individual performances, the Bulls couldn’t hold off the rallying Huskies, who completed the comeback with a narrow 15-13 victory in the fifth set. USF senior Alli Arbogast had a career-high 16 blocks and sophomore transfer libero Janice Rivera added a career-high 34 digs.
“When you go up 2-0 and you have a 10-minute break, you’re just praying you can keep your team at the same level that they just played for two games,” said USF coach Claire Lessinger. “When I went in the locker room between games, I just wasn’t pleased with the feel in there. It felt like we had already won and that’s your worst fear as a coach.”