By ROD GIPSON
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 29, 2000
TAMPA -- The volleyball team's rout of Southern Mississippi Sunday was the team's second Conference USA win in a row and might be the springboard the team needs heading into the next two weeks. The Bulls (9-4, 2-1) play at Saint Louis today to start a stretch of four road conference matches. After the Billikens, the Bulls go to UNC-Charlotte on Sunday, Memphis on Oct. 6 and Alabama-Birmingham on Oct. 7. USF won't see the Corral until its Oct. 13 match with DePaul.
In dispatching the Golden Eagles in less than an hour, coach Nancy Mueller's team posted solid hitting percentages and cut down on the errors that plagued it while at the Inntower Invitational tournament in Wisconsin and in its first league match against Houston.
Setter Kelly Mathiasmeier and hitter Rachelle Paul posted outstanding numbers. Mathiasmeier committed no errors and notched six 6 kills, tallying an overall percentage of .400. Paul hit .444 with 10 kills. Mueller also was pleased with the new players who had a chance to play. Kristen Richardson notched three kills out of five attempts. Jenny Scholle had two kills and a block, and Bonnye Glover and Tally Payne got a kill in during the third game.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Bulls split its two home games last week, beating Houston 2-1 before losing 2-0 to Saint Louis. Christina Gaudion and Danielle Aldrich scored for the Bulls against Houston as the Bulls won their third in a row.
USF (3-3-1 and 2-1-1 in Conference USA) plays at No. 22 Marquette today and at DePaul on Sunday then returns home to face Southern Miss on Oct. 13.
CROSS COUNTRY: The Bulls men's and women's squads are in North Carolina this weekend for the Greensboro Invitational. The Bulls are coming off wins at the Mountaineer Invitational at Appalachian State.
USF's men claimed four of the top eight positions, including first place, on its way to collecting 30 points to finish atop the seven-team field.
Russ Gerbers led the Bulls' charge, crossing the tape first in 25 minutes, 30 seconds. In the women's race, USF took five of the first 11 finishing positions to complete the sweep.
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