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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 22, 2000


TAMPA -- Before the soccer season started, Bulls' midfielder Siri Nordby was named the preseason Player of the Year for Conference USA.

It might have taken a few matches, but she's starting to live up to the hype.

Nordby scored five goals last weekend as USF posted a 7-0 win over Memphis and tied UAB 2-2. Nordby scored four against Memphis, tying a school record. Nordby, who scored three of her four goals in a five-minute span, leads the Bulls in scoring with five goals and 11 points.

After starting the year 0-3, USF is hot. The Bulls have a three-game unbeaten streak, most recently beating Florida Atlantic 4-3 in overtime. Christina Gaudion scored a goal, Tia Oplinger added two and Michelle Upham scored the game-winner as USF improved to 2-3-1. The Bulls host Houston (4-4, 1-1) at 7 p.m. today and Saint Louis (6-1, 2-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday. VOLLEYBALL: The Bulls opened conference play Tuesday with a 10-15, 15-13, 9-15, 18-16, 12-15 loss to Houston. USF fell to 7-4 overall. That increased the Bulls' losing streak to four after losing three matches at the Inntowner Invitational last weekend in Madison, Wis.

USF hosts Tulane (7-4, 1-0) at 7 p.m. tonight in the Corral.

CROSS COUNTRY: The Bulls swept the competition at the Alabama Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa.

The women placed five runners in the top 14, led by Tiffany Quinn, who ran the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 52.31 seconds to finish sixth.

In the men's 8,000-meter race, USF was paced by Russ Gerbers, who finished third in 24:04.87.

MEN'S TENNIS: Senior Boris Babic and freshman Martin Wetzel have reached the main draw of the National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships in Baltimore.

Babic, the eighth seed, won a qualifying match against York Allen of Duke, 7-6, 6-4. Wetzel, won three pre-qualifying rounds plus a qualifying round to reach the main draw.

Babic and Wetzel now play in the main draw of 64 players this weekend.

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