25 Nov 2021 | 04:52 | Basketball
HOUSTON, Texas (November 24, 2021) – The University of South Florida volleyball team (7-23, 1-18 AAC) dropped a straight set match on Wednesday night to the Houston Cougars (25-6, 15-4 AAC) as the Bulls made their first stop on the final road trip of the season.
Houston claimed the match in three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-18.
Amiree Hendricks-Walker (Los Angeles, Calif.) paced the Bulls with 10 kills.
South Florida overcame a 17-14 deficit late in the opening set to eventually lead 20-19. Ally Barnhart (Lenexa, Kan.) and Ragan Kinard (Lynn Haven) combined on a block to tie the game at 19-19 before Marta Cvitkovic (Rijeka, Croatia) floored the go-ahead kill.
The teams continued to trade swings and a solo block by Barnhart helped USF regain a 22-21 edge. After the Cougars pulled back in front, Barnhart drilled a kill to knot the score at 23-all before Houston scored the final two points to claim the set.
In set two, it was Barnhart yet again who floored a kill to tie the game at 15-15, but the home team answered with a five-point run to establish a comfortable lead and went on to take a 2-0 match advantage.
An 8-1 run by the Cougars midway through the third set put the final game out of reach. The Bulls put up a fight late with four-unanswered points, but the deficit was too great to overcome.
CC Clausen led USF with 10 digs and now has 1,612 in her career. That mark stands as the second-most in program history behind Michelle Collier (1,747).
· The Bulls entered the match averaging 1.5 service aces/set but were limited to just one in the match on Wednesday.
USF concludes its 2021 campaign on Friday at Tulane with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m.
About USF Volleyball
Head coach Jolene Shepardson enters her second season at the helm of her alma mater in 2021-22. Named head coach on Jan. 8, 2020, Shepardson led the Bulls’ program to its last conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance as a student-athlete in 2002. USF made its last postseason appearance in 2018, posting 20 wins and appearing in the NIVC. USF Volleyball has made seven NCAA Tournament appearances and won 12 conference titles since its inception in 1972 and is entering its 50th campaign in 2021-22. The Bulls play in The Corral (1,000), adjacent to the Yuengling Center on the USF campus.