Volleyball tonight: Dig for the Cure
Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too/
Oh, wait. Not "Dig for The Cure." Makes more sense now.
Seriously now, USF's volleyball team, off to a 13-6 start and 5-3 record in Big East play, takes on a bigger, more inspiring challenge Tuesday night: helping raise money to support breast cancer research, as part of the nationwide "Dig for the Cure" campaign.
The Bulls' home match against North Florida -- at 7 p.m. in The Corral in USF's Sun Dome -- will collect pledges and donations to Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast Breast Cancer Foundation. The Bulls have raised more than $8,500 in the past three years, and coach Claire Lessinger has been active in the media, talking on 620 AM on Monday night, and some of her players will be on "Good Day Tampa Bay" on WTVT Fox 13 between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. to draw more attention to their annual cause.
If you can't make it in person, you can sign an online pledge sheet, available at USF's official site, gousfbulls.com. Lessinger's even giving out her office number, inviting fans seeking to make donations to call her directly at (813) 974-5740 or send her an e-mail.
At 13-6, USF has the third-best winning percentage in the Big East, though their 5-3 record has them in a three-way tie for fifth place; only the top eight teams make the conference tournament, so the Bulls must continue their solid play to lock up a spot in the tournament. They're on the road for their next four Big East matches before finishing the regular season at home Nov. 9 and 11 against Connecticut and St. John's.
Another reason to stop by campus on Tuesday night: USF women's soccer has a rescheduled match against Georgetown -- this is one that was played for nearly 70 minutes, then called by lightning with the score tied at nil-nil. No lobbying for a draw for USF coach Denise Schilte-Brown, whose team is 3-4-1 and fifth in its division, needing a win to build a cushion on sixth-place Syracuse. They'll play the rematch in full, and it's USF final home game of the season.