By ROD GIPSON
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 29, 2000
TAMPA -- The volleyball team remains unbeaten in Sunshine State Conference play after defeating Florida Southern and Saint Leo last week.
The Spartans, ranked eighth in Division II, continue league play this weekend at No. 21 Barry today and versus Lynn on Saturday. UT, 10-2 overall and 2-0 in the SSC, is on a three-match winning streak and is tied for first with Barry (10-5, 2-0).
The Spartans featured weapons, Kam Gillispie and Tiffany Boatwright, were solid as UT opened its conference schedule in strong fashion. Gillispie, a senior outside hitter, led the team with 21 kills and a .559 attack percentage en route to being named the SSC Player of the Week.
Boatwright, a sophomore, posted 21 kills, seven blocks and a .500 attack percentage in the two matches.
MEN'S SOCCER: Despite its 1-0 loss to No. 1 ranked Barry, UT was still ranked 10th in the nation when the Division II NSCAA poll came out this week. The Spartans responded from the loss by beating Stetson 3-0 and Palm Beach Atlantic 2-1 to improve to 8-2. UT, tied for fourth in the SSC at 1-1, plays at Saint Leo on Saturday.
With his 19 points in 10 games, Roy Fink is fourth in the conference in scoring (nine goals, one assist), and Kareem Escayg is 15th with five goals and an assist. Roy Swarts is fourth among league goalkeepers with a 1.26 goals against average.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Tai Kirklin used last week's two matches as a showcase, recording her third career hat trick in a 6-2 over against Northwood (Colo.). She followed that with two goals in UT's 2-1 win over Florida Southern.
The outburst gives Kirklin 13 goals and 28 points. Off to their best start in the program's three-year history, the Spartans are 8-2 and jumped three spots to 17th in the NSCAA poll.
UT plays at Eckerd Oct. 3.
CROSS COUNTRY: The men's and women's team each placed third at the Florida Southern College Invitational on Saturday. The men were paced by Doane Greenidge's ninth-place finish. He was backed up by Brent Speed (13th), Nick Kraus (15th) and Jamal Razvarian (16th).
The Spartans run at the Saint Leo Invitational today.
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