By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
The Bulls' solid Big East streak was snapped Sunday in South Bend, Ind.
The USF volleyball team missed out on a close first set win and failed to catch up the rest of the way in a 23-25, 17-25, 19-25 loss to Notre Dame that halted the Bulls' three-match conference winning streak.
Shelbie Dailey posted a double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs, while Valerie El Houssine had another double-digit kills match with 15.
"We showed glimpses of greatness, but too much inconsistency led to our loss," head coach Claire Lessinger said.
USF (9-12, 5-3) found itself in 14 ties with Notre Dame (12-8, 5-3) in the first set. The Bulls brought in two setters to increase the team's chances at quick points with serving and blocking.
"The plan almost worked in the first set," Lessinger said.
USF wound up with 13 team blocks in a close match, but couldn't come up with enough offense to earn its first-ever victory over the Irish.
"Our block put on another show today, but it wasn't enough," Lessinger said.
The Bulls will have a chance to get back on track during a long home stretch. They'll play the first of four straight matches at the USF Recreation Center on Friday against Louisville at 7 p.m.