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Volleyball players Sandi Fox, Bonnie Ford and Gretchen Naruta have signed letters of intent to play for the University of Tampa next fall.

Fox, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, played at Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons High where she led Broward County in kills the past two seasons.

The only Floridian named to the All-American team by Volleyball magazine as a senior, Fox was a two-time All-State selection while helping Cardinal Gibbons to two state titles and two runner-up finishes. Fox also played middle blocker but is expected to line up at hitter for UT.

Naruta is a 5-7 setter from Winter Springs. A three-year member of the team, Naruta helped lead the Bears to a Class 6A runner-up finish last year.

An All-State selection last year, Naruta also earned the most valuable player award in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association 1999 Volleyball Classic.

Ford comes to UT from Martin County High, where she was named to the 5A All-State team after leading her team to the final. An outside hitter, Ford was also honored as 5A Player of the Year.

BASKETBALL: After losses at Florida Southern last week, the men's and women's teams got back on track Wednesday at Saint Leo.

The men, led by Percy White's 20 points (18 in the second half) lifted UT to a 88-77 win. UT improved to 17-2 overall, 6-1 in the Sunshine State Conference.

For the women, Trysta Morenz scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures in the Spartans' 98-69 win. UT is 12-7, 5-2 in the conference.

Both squads play at Barry Saturday night.

SWIMMING: The Spartans host their last home meet of the season Saturday against Rollins at 10 a.m. Last week, the Spartans fell to Division III Emory College 182-80 in the men's meet and 178-80 in the women's. Junior Jim Kiner led the Spartans with a win and two second-place finishes.

Kim Nerko and Kari Lawrence paced the women with a first- and second-place finish each. The women won three events.

GOLF: The Spartans open their season this weekend at the Brevard Invitational Tournament in Cocoa Beach. They have four spring events scheduled before the SSC tournament in April.

UT is led by returners Marc Mitchell (74.89 scoring average last season) and Matt Freeman (78.22). A match at Division II powerhouse Valdosta State in April highlights the spring schedule.

_ ROD GIPSON

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