By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The Bulls snapped a Big East skid in a big way Sunday afternoon.
The USF volleyball team improved to 10-0 all-time against Georgetown with a three-set victory over the Hoyas before a crowd of 366 at the USF Recreation Center.
Freshman Valerie El Houssine led the Bulls for the sixth straight match in kills with 11 in the 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 sweep that earned head coach Claire Lessinger her 99th victory with the program.
“We were ready to break out and do some really good things,” Lessinger said.
USF (10-15, 6-6 in Big East) started off in strong fashion by posting a .333 hitting percentage in the first set, which set the tone for the rest of the Bulls’ final home conference match of the season.
“You can look on our numbers and they are all big improvements from the last four matches,” Lessinger said.
USF was sharp from the service line and posted eight aces, including three from Claudia Cabrera. Shelbie Dailey was strong from the passing perspective and racked up a match-high 30 assists.
Being aggressive helped make for an easier day for the USF defense and libero Janice Rivera only had to total eight digs in her final home match.
“She’s the heart and soul on this team and that’s obvious,” Lessinger said.
The Bulls will head on the road for their final two matches and now have momentum moving closer to the Big East Tournament. USF faces West Virginia Saturday, Nov. 12 and finishes the regular season off at Pittsburgh on Nov. 13.
“Do or die is fun. I think it’s a put up or shut up time and we like where we are,” Lessinger said. “Destiny is in our own hands and let’s go after this thing.”