University of South Florida volleyball coach Nancy Mueller signed three players Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period_ Bonnye Glover, Tampa's Tally Payne and Jenny Scholle.
A 6-foot-1 blocker from Lake Gibson High, Glover was the Polk County Player of the Year last season.
Payne, a 6-footer from Gaither High, led the Cowboys to the Class 6A, District 7 crown.
Completing the first-day signings was Scholle, who at 5-11 played both middle and right outside hitter for St. Charles (Ill.) High.
"I'm very excited about this year's class," said Mueller, who has until Wednesday to sign additional players. "These three will make a huge impact on this program. Each one of these girls will increase the level of intensity on our team."
MEN'S TENNIS: If USF disliked indoor courts after its first match of the year Jan. 23 in Houston, it likes them even less now.
Playing at the O'Charley's Invitational last weekend in Knoxville, Tenn., the Bulls were 0-3 against Tennessee, Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia Tech .
Tennessee, which shut out USF 7-0, and VCU, which won 6-1, proved especially tough for the 30th-ranked Bulls.
USF's Fabio Tintori and Steve Capriati ran into higher-ranked opponents all weekend. Tintori and Capriati won in USF's 4-3 loss to Virginia Tech.
Capriati extended No. 5-ranked Frank Moser of Virginia Commonwealth to three sets.
Happy to return to the outdoor surface, the Bulls play Tulane and Miami Saturday and Sunday respectively in Miami, and open the home season Feb. 10 against South Alabama.
SOFTBALL: After splitting a doubleheader at Florida International, USF opens its home schedule by hosting the Louisville Slugger Tournament today through Sunday at the USF Softball Complex and the Greco Softball Complex.
Eight teams in two pools, will participate in the tournament.
Pool A will consist of South Florida, defending national champion UCLA, Maryland and Tennessee. Pool B will be made up of Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Northwestern and Florida International.
The pool play ends Saturday afternoon. Following the noon games, (UCLA vs. South Florida and FIU vs. FAU) bracket play will begin begins at 3 p.m. The tournament concludes Sunday with the championship and consolation games at 2.
_ ROD GIPSON