Volleyball, women's soccer open with wins
The fall season is officially underway, as USF's volleyball and women's soccer teams won their season openers on Friday, with volleyball sweeping Prairie View A&M in Miami and soccer getting a 1-0 win at home against Florida Atlantic.
Here's the story from USF's official site on volleyball, which plays Florida Gulf Coast and Miami on Saturday as part of the same tournament. Soccer, which hadn't given up a goal in two preseason exhibitions, got another shutout from senior goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi, with Noelle Pineiro getting the game's only goal. USF's defense didn't allow a shot on goal in the second half. The Bull next play at Florida on Sunday in Gainesville.
-- Friday was kickoff classic night for area high schools, and USF commitment Brion Carnes had a strong night for Bradenton Manatee, accounting for five touchdowns in a 49-33 win against Plant. Receiver Ace Sanders, a top USF target, caught three of those touchdowns and will continue to draw interest from elite national programs ...
-- More USF recruiting -- commitment Tiger Powell, the running back from Lake City Columbia, has made the Gainesville Sun's Super 11 of the area's top prospects. Interesting nugget from that story -- Powell's given name is ... Lavoris.
-- The Orlando Sentinel mentions USF in writing about college programs restricting access to practice.