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Bulls Win First BIG EAST Contest

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The University of South Florida volleyball team posted its first BIG EAST victory of the season, sweeping Rutgers, 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-16), on Sunday afternoon at College Avenue Gym.

Senior Kristina Fabris not only led the team with 17 kills, but she also moved into sixth place in the record books with 1,175 career kills. On the day, she hit .308 and added 12 digs for the only USF double-double. 

Sophomore Marcela Gurgel also had a double-digit kill outing with 16 and hit a team high .467.

Freshman Christine Knoechel tallied her first multi-ace match of her career, tying Gurgel for the team high of four.

USF’s offensive was the key to its victory. The Bulls came out strong from the start and their attack only got better as the game progressed. In the contest, USF hit .314, while RU hit .112.

Defensively, USF (9-4, 1-2 BIG EAST) out-played its opponents on the day. The Bulls got their blocking going in the second set and managed to come up with 10 total blocks for the match, six more than the Scarlet Knights. USF also tallied eight more digs than Rutgers, recording 41 to the Scarlet Knights 33. 

Rutgers (3-10, 1-3 BIG EAST) opened up game one with an 8-5 lead. After both teams traded points, USF whittled the lead down to one point, 11-10, and then scored four-straight points to take a 14-12 lead. The Scarlet Knights quickly answered back, regaining the advantage, 15-14. USF wouldn’t trail for long and went ahead by two, 17-15. After the game remained close for a while, the Bulls shifted the momentum into their favor and went on an 8-1 run to close out for the 30-22 win.

After Rutgers took the early advantage, 5-3, in game two, the Scarlet Knights saw the Bulls go on a 9-1 run and take the lead, 12-6. After USF jumped ahead, it maintained the lead for the rest of the game and Rutgers couldn’t come any closer than three points. The Bulls ended the game with the 30-19 win and the 11-point lead was the largest of the game for USF.

USF continued its offensive attack into the third set and broke a 4-4 tie to take the lead for the rest of the way. The closest the Scarlet Knights came to the lead was three points, and then the Bulls countered by jumping ahead by 12. USF cruised to the 30-16 win for the match victory thanks to netting six more kills that RU, while hitting .265 to the Scarlet Knights -.057. 

The Bulls will look to continue their winning ways when they travel to Syracuse and Marquette next weekend.

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