The Bulls, 9-19 (6-10), is back home for their final two games of the regular season at the Corral (game begins at 7 PM). They will be facing Cincinnati, 17-10 (9-7), who beat the Bulls in 4 sets back on October 11th.
USF is hitting .193 on the year while opponents are hitting .227 on the season against them. The Bearcats are hitting .225 on the year while opponents are hitting .193 on the year. This game will not be easy at all if they want to pull off the late season upset.
The Bearcats are led by freshman outside hitter Jordan Thompson (6’4″) who has 390 kills, 89 digs, and 49 total blocks on the year. In the first game against USF she sent off for 24 kills and 10 digs (please stop her). Freshman outside hitter Carly Nolan (6′) has 321 kills, 20 service aces (53 errors, that’s not that good), and 282 digs on the regular season. She had 10 kills and 14 digs in the first match. Freshman defensive specialist Abby Williams (5’9″) has 57 assists, 25 service aces (21 errors), and has a team high 448 digs (4.35 digs per set). She had 11 digs and 2 assists in the first game. Rounding out their top contributors in freshman setter Jade Tingelhoff (6′) has 835 assists (8.11 assists per set) and 260 digs. She had a crazy 42 assists and 16 digs in the first match.
For USF to finally get that 10th win of the year, they will need big games from everyone starting with Dakota Hampton who had 13 kills and 14 digs in the first match (has 286 kills on the season). Her, along with Denise Belcher, Elyse Panick, and others all have to step up their games and put it all together. It’s been a long year, but there are lot of sets still to play throughout the end of the year, starting with the Bearcats.