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Bulls bits

By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 8, 2000


TAMPA -- Playing in the Pacific Region of the NCAA Volleyball tournament, USF lost to Cal-Poly 11-15, 15-13, 13-15, 12-15 in the opening round Dec. 1. The match ended USF's season at 28-6, tying the school record for most wins in a season set in 1994 when USF finished 28-9.

With a .824 winning percentage, the Bulls close with a third-best mark in school history, trailing matching 27-5 (.844) in 1995 and 1996. This season also included Conference USA Player of the Year honors for sophomore Michelle Collier,and C-USA Coach of the Year honors for second-year coach Nancy Mueller.

Against Cal-Poly, Collier posted 38 kills while helping keep USF close throughout the match.

After falling by four in the opening game, the Bulls came back strong behind Collier's six kills that helped the Bulls go from a 11-7 deficit to the 15-13 win. But it was as close as the Bulls got, falling closely in the next two games as Cal-Poly advanced to the second round.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: In the Bulls' 81-72 loss Saturday to Fordham at Madison Square Garden, B.B. Waldon and Altron Jackson each scored 15 points. Waldon added 12 rebounds to give him his first double-double of the season.

Jackson went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line to improve his team-leading free throw shooting percentage to .821 (23-of-28). He also has scored in double figures in his past 28 games.

Cedric Smith, meanwhile, has 179 career steals and needs four more to become Conference USA's all-time leader. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Despite being ranked ninth in the conference in scoring at 67 points per game, USF has two individuals in the top ten in scoring. Aiya Shepherd is third at 21.0 points per game, and Denetrice Stinson is ninth at 14.4. As a team, USF ranks first in C-USA in turnover margin at plus 4.40.

MEN'S GOLF: East Lake High golfer Brad Quiri, who helped lead the Eagles to the Class 2A state region quarterfinals, has signed during the early period. Quiri is ranked tenth in the Florida Junior Golf Association's state rankings.

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