Tampa in Division II final today

Published November 18, 2006

PENSACOLA - The Tampa volleyball team pulled away in Game 4 to defeat Minnesota-Duluth 3-1 Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II national tournament.

The top-Spartans (34-1) face North Alabama or West Texas A&M at 3:30 today for the title.

In the final game, Katelen Dixon of Clearwater scored seven of the last eight Tampa points, including three solo blocks, to close it out 30-24.

UT won the first two games 30-27 and 30-17 before losing the third 30-21.

FLORIDA: Junior Amber McCray had 21 kills as the Gators earned their 16th consecutive regular-season SEC title outright, beating host Tennessee 3-1. UF (25-2, 18-1) extended its streak of 25-win seasons to 16.

USF: The Bulls were eliminated in the first round of the Big East tournament in Cincinnati, 3-0 against No. 1 seed St. John's. The Red Storm won 31-29, 30-15, 30-21. The Bulls end their season at 12-16.

FSU: The Seminoles (18-11, 12-8 ACC) rallied from a game down to defeat visiting North Carolina State 3-1.


COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri coach Gary Pinkel received a $225,000 annual raise and three-year contract extension. The new five-year deal extends Pinkel's contract through 2011. The contract guarantees Pinkel at least $1.3-million per year.

JURISPRUDENCE: Two men charged in the beating death of a UF student after the 2005 Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville received prison sentences. Duval County Circuit Judge Jack Schemer sentenced Jeremy Lane, 22, to 12 years in prison and three years of probation in the beating death of Thomas Brown, 23. Mark Foss, 19, who pleaded guilty to felony battery, was sentenced to four years' prison and two years probation.

EX-BRUIN KILLED: Marcus Cassel, a four-year letterman at cornerback for UCLA who graduated in March, died from injuries sustained in a one-car automobile accident Friday. He was 23. Cassel was on the Carolina Panthers' injured reserve list.

FRIDAY'S GAMES: Garrett Wolfe set Northern Illinois' career rushing record, running for 203 yards to lead the host Huskies past Central Michigan 31-10. Wolfe has 4,972 yards, eclipsing Michael Turner's mark of 4,941. ... In another Mid-American Conference game, Eugene Jarvis ran for 155 yards and Najah Pruden caught a 68-yard touchdown to help Kent State beat visiting Eastern Michigan 14-6.

Other sports

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Florida was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, losing 3-2 at UCLA in the Round of 16. Ashlee Elliott scored in the fourth minute to give UF (14-6-5) a 1-0 lead. After the Bruins scored three straight, Stacy Bishop scored in the 88th minute for the Gators.

SWIMMING: The Florida State men's and women's teams remained in first after Day 2 of the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C. The men's team led with 770 points; Miami was last in the 10-team field. The Seminole women had 639 points; Miami (151) was sixth.