Bearcats earn second straight win, beat USF in four sets

CINCINNATI- The University of Cincinnati volleyball team won its second straight game, beating South Florida in four sets Friday night at the Corral in Tampa, Fla.

The Bearcats (8-17, 6-9 AAC) won the Bulls’ season sweep for the fifth consecutive season.

Second year Shaye Eggleston led the Bearcats with its second double-double in as many games. She recorded a team-best 14 kills with zero offensive errors to go along with 11 digs. She added three service aces and two blocks in the win.

senior red shirt Kailea Carrier provided a career night at net, posting a career-high seven blocks. She recorded nine kills with just one attack error on 18 attempts for an effective clip of .444. Thanks to Carrier’s efforts, the Bearcats edged the Bulls, eight to four.

Cincinnati also landed eight service aces in the win, including four career aces Abby Walker.

// HOW DID IT HAPPEN
SET 1 | The two teams traded points for the majority of the first set. Back-to-back points for Cincinnati forced USF to use a timeout at 16-14. The Bearcats held the lead until the Bulls tied it at 20 apiece. Cincinnati capitalized on USF’s late mistakes to win the first set, 25-22. UC hit .382 in the first set with 16 kills and just three attacking errors in 34 attempts.

SET 2 | Cincinnati came out ahead 10-7 after a Carrier kill. The Bulls responded with four straight games to regain the lead (11-10). USF continued their run out of timeout to own a five-point advantage (16-11). Paige Pickering and Elissa Alcantara then registered as the Bearcats went on a 4-0 (16-15) run. But that would be as close as the Bearcats would get. The Bulls scored five of the last six points to win the frame, 25-18.

SET 3 | USF took a 6-2 lead before the Bearcats used a pair of runs to take a 17-13 lead. During the stretch, UC recorded four blocks. Cincinnati ended the stanza on a 5-2 run, highlighted by an ace from the set point of Mary Tobergte.

SET 4 | Cincinnati had a five-point lead after three consecutive USF errors (11-6). The Bulls used a 4-0 run to tie the set at 12 apiece, forcing a UC timeout. The two teams then traded points until Cincinnati scored three in a row (20-16). The Bearcats remained in control for the remainder of the inning, winning the set 25-19.

// NEXT

The Bearcats head to Orlando, Fla. to face No. 24-ranked UCF at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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