Bulls’ comeback falls short

Junior outside hitter Erin Fairs recorded 27 kills against the Knights in a losing effort. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/SEBASTIAN CONTENTO

After losing the first two sets 25-19 to UCF, the Bulls rallied to tie the match at two sets apiece before falling in the final set 15-8 at the Venue.  

The loss is the Bulls’ seventh in the past eight matches, all of which have been conference matches.

USF (9-14, 3-8) was able to win the third and fourth sets by a combined six points, in which there were seven lead changes. With the win, UCF (18-5, 11-0) has swept USF on the season. 

Junior outside hitter Erin Fairs recorded another double-double and led the Bulls in kills with 27. 

Sophomore outside hitter Dakota Hampton also recorded a double-double, posting 10 kills and 10 digs. 

USF will play East Carolina at noon on Sunday in the Corral.