USF volleyball lost its second game of the weekend when it fell 4-1 to conference opponent Tulsa at The Corral.
The Bulls (13-5, 2-3) led the Golden Hurricane (12-5, 4-1) in blocks, digs and kills, but trailed in the category that matters the most — points.
“Statistically, coming into the match today, [Tulsa] was No. 1 in the conference for digs and No. 1 in blocks,” coach Courtney Draper said. “For us to be able to match them or be higher than them in those categories, I was really proud of our defensive effort.”
The Bulls totaled 54 kills, 66 digs and seven blocks while Tulsa recorded 50, 58 and six, respectively.
Senior Reagan Davey hit .409 with 10 kills of her own. According to Draper, Davey will need to keep playing well for the Bulls to succeed going forward.
“[Davey] had a great night for us with 10 kills and hitting over .400 from the right side,” Draper said. “She’s a senior who’s playing with a lot of urgency and she’s going to be an important piece to our puzzle moving forward.”
Other bright spots for the Bulls included Jac’cara Walker, who had 17 kills and 11 digs and Nikkia Benitez, who played in three of four sets and had eight kills and nine digs.
“[Walker] had a great night, of course,” Draper said. “I also thought [Benitez] came off the bench and did a really good job offensively. There were lots of positives to take away, but, unfortunately, we just came up short.”
The Bulls continue conference play next weekend at The Corral where they will take on UConn (10-8, 2-3) and Temple (4-13, 1-4) on Friday and Sunday.
“We are taking it one game at a time, so the focus will be on Friday all week,” Draper said. “It’s a dog fight in the middle for who’s going to finish at the top [of the conference]. We’re excited to be home again for another two matches.”