Tampa volleyball coach records 700th win

Published September 17, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG - Tampa volleyball coach Chris Catanach achieved his 700th victory Saturday as the Spartans defeated Eckerd 3-0 (30-26, 30-19, 30-19).

The victory puts Catanach in impressive company, one of 14 coaches in NCAA volleyball history with 700 victories. He is the fourth Division II coach to reach the milestone.

UT (14-0, 2-0 Sunshine State Conference), ranked No. 1 in the Division II CSTV/AVCA poll, is off to its best start since 1988 when it won its first 22 matches.

The Spartans were led by the offensive duo of Katelen Dixon and Alisha Green, who combined for 27 kills. Dixon led the team with 16 kills. Gabriela Saade led with 30 assists.

Shannon Ruby led Eckerd (9-4, 0-1) with 22 assists.

USF: The Bulls (4-7) dropped their final match of the Regency Suites Classic in Atlanta, losing to Sam Houston State 3-1 (30-20, 18-30, 30-27, 30-24).

UCF: The Golden Knights (4-7) fell to Troy 3-2 (28-30, 33-31, 30-27, 30-32, 15-9) in Hattiesburg, Miss.


MEN: Florida shot the lowest score of the day, 12-under 276, and moved up nine spots to third place after the second round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga. The Gators were at 7-under 569 for the tournament. Sophomore Billy Horschel played a bogey-free round, rolling in five birdies for his fourth career round of 67.


WOMEN: The UCF doubles team of Shadisha Robinson and Gabriela Duch remains undefeated through the second day of the Gator Fall Classic in Gainesville after upsetting No. 7 Audra Cohen and Laura Vallerdu of Miami 8-6.


MEN: A second-half goal by sophomore Zak Boggs helped the UCF men edge Furman 1-0 in Spartanburg, S.C. The Golden Knights (2-5) got their first win on the road.

Cross country

TAMPA: The women finished third and the men eighth at the Mountain Dew Invite in Gainesville.

Basketball: Buckeyes appeal O'Brian ruling

Ohio State has filed an appeal in a bid to overturn a judge's decision awarding $2.4-million to fired former coach Jim O'Brien. The school filed the appeal with the 10th District Court of Appeals. The Ohio Court of Claims ruled last month that Ohio State improperly fired O'Brien in 2004 after learning that he had given $6,000 to a recruit.

WOMEN: Rutgers point guard Matee Ajavon underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture of the left tibia and is expected to miss the start of the season, coach C. Vivian Stringer said. As a sophomore, Ajavon averaged 12.6 points, 4.5 assists and 2.6 steals and was selected first team All-Big East as Rutgers posted a 27-5 record.