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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 20, 2000


TAMPA -- Saturday's USF-Houston volleyball match is more than a meeting of two of Conference USA's best teams.

It has post-season implications. Both squads enter the match with 15-4 and 8-1 C-USA records. The outcome will determine first place in the National Division, and it also will play a factor in the NCAA Midwest Region Rankings. Currently, Houston is ranked second and USF third.

The Cougars lost their first conference match and snapped an 11-game winning streak Sunday in a loss to DePaul. During the first game of that match, their star outside hitter, Jennifer Wittenburg, went down with an injury. She's questionable for Saturday's match. In the team's last meeting Sept. 19, Houston won in five games. USF, meanwhile, has won eight conference matches in a row since then. WOMEN'S GOLF: USF led from start to finish and shot a final round 296 to win the Beacon Woods Invitational for the second consecutive year. The Bulls were led by Kelly Lagedrost, who finished third for the second consecutive year after being tied for the lead heading into the final round.

Her 222 lifted the Bulls to an eight-stroke win over UCF. Lagedrost was backed up by Fany Schaeffer, Jessica Hayes and Kelly Martin. Schaeffer was 10th at 227, Hayes 11th at 228 and Martin tied for 12th at 229.

The Bulls play at the Pine Needles Invitational Nov. 6-8 in Orlando.

MEN'S GOLF: Despite Brett Hitchcock's final round 67, USF placed fourth in the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate at the Old Memorial Course in Citrus Park. Hitchcock was tenth among individuals, finishing with a three-day 217, six strokes behind Mississippi's Troy Muller. The tenth-place finish was the third consecutive top-ten showing for Hitchcock. WOMEN'S TENNIS: Ildiko Zubor defeated teammate Ashlee Callahan in the final of the C Flight at the Wake Forest Invitational on Oct. 15 while Claudia Nieto won the D Flight.

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