Tom Hagerty

Bulls Roll Past VCU

September 01, 2012

After a pair of close sets just didn't go its way Friday, the University of South Florida volleyball team made sure it wouldn't have that same issue Saturday morning.

The Bulls (2-3 overall) trailed just once en route to their most decisive win of the year thus far, sweeping Virginia Commonwealth in straight sets, 25-10, 25-20, 25-18.

USF got strong production out of hitters Valerie El Houssine and Kayla Walton, who both hit over .500 while recording 15 and nine kills, respectively. The Bulls hit .308 as a team while holding VCU to an .066 hitting percentage, and sided out at a 77 percent clip.

The Rams took their only lead early in the second set, but never took another lead after USF grabbed a 4-3 advantage. The Bulls hit a match-high .393 in the set, using five consecutive kills to finish off VCU after the Rams tied the set at 20. El Houssine picked up seven of her 15 kills in the set, including three of USF's last five in the set.

El Houssine set a new career-high, hitting .565 on 23 attacks, and Walton did the same, posting a .533 hitting percentage on 15 swings. El Houssine led USF with four service aces as the Bulls aced the Rams eight times. Eight different Bulls recorded at least one dig in the win.

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