The news wasn't all bad for the USF men's soccer team this weekend.
Despite Sunday's 6-0 loss to Florida International, the Bulls managed a split in the Bell South Classic in Miami. Jeff Houser's two goals lifted USF to a 2-1 win over Loyola, Md., in the opening game.
USF also returned as Conference USA regular season co-champions. The Bulls shared the crown with Marquette, but earned the tournament's No. 1 seed thanks to a 3-0 win over Marquette Oct. 15.
USF (10-5-2, 5-1-2) hosts a quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 against the winner of Tuesday's Memphis-DePaul match. Should USF win, it would host the semifinals Nov. 14.
The conference champion gets a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
THE BEAT GOES ON: The volleyball team's win streak is 12 after beating UNC Charlotte and Saint Louis. Senior hitter Paula Araujo had 31 kills in the two matches, while setter Sarah Runka had 41 assists against Saint Louis. The Bulls (19-6, 10-1) are tied for first with Houston in C-USA's National Division. USF hosts Houston Nov. 14.
WOMEN SIXTH: The women's soccer team is the sixth seed in the conference tournament. USF faces UNC Charlotte Nov. 5 in St. Louis.
With a 4-4-1 C-USA mark, the Bulls doubled last season's league wins. Also, with one more win, the Bulls would tie their season win mark, set in 1995.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Nov. 14 men's basketball exhibition against the California All-Stars was changed from a 7:30 p.m. tip-off to 8 p.m. due to the volleyball team's match against Houston that day at the Corral. Men's and women's basketball coaches Seth Greenberg and Jerry Ann Winters will be in Chicago Monday and Tuesday for Conference USA Media Day. Tennis player Boris Babic captured the Flight Five singles title at the FSU Fall Classic last weekend. Former cross-country runner and coach Dror Vaknin will host this weekend's Alumni Runner's Reunion. More than 60 ex-USF runners are expected to attend the festivities, which include a golf tournament and barbecue.
_ ROD GIPSON