Spartans win national volleyball title

Published November 19, 2006

PENSACOLA - The Tampa Spartans won the Division II volleyball national championship on Saturday, defeating North Alabama 3-1 in the final.

The Spartans (34-1) won 30-25, 27-30, 30-21, 30-17.

In Game 3, UT's Erin Clark had seven kills and an ace. Then the Spartans dominated the final game, which Katelen Dixon of Clearwater ended with a spike.

Five players had double-digit kills for UT led by Dixon with 16.

It was the third time the Spartans had reached the final, coming away with their first title.

CROSS COUNTRY: The Tampa women placed 19th of 24 teams at the Division II championships in Pensacola. Laura Woznicki led the Spartans, placing 48th in 21 minutes, 41.7 seconds. The race was won by Adams State.

SWIMMING: Florida State swept the three-day Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C. The men won with 1104 points, 414 better than second-place Kentucky. Miami (35 points) was eighth in the 10-team field. The Seminole women had 929 points, outdistancing North Carolina, second at 711. UM (247) was sixth.

MEN'S SOCCER: Notre Dame defeated defending national champion Maryland 1-0 in double overtime in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. ... Dowling won the Division II national championship, topping Fort Lewis 1-0 in Pensacola.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Metro State defeated Grand Valley State 1-0 in the Division II final in Pensacola.

Late Friday

FOOTBALL: 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.

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.