Tampa Falls in Volleyball Elite 8
Despite taking the first two games of the match, Tampa dropped a five-game contest to host Washburn in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Elite 8 on Thursday. The Spartans end their season with a 31-3 record.
Tampa won the first two frames 30-24 and 30-22, but dropped the next three frames 18-30, 29-31, and 8-15. Katelen Dixon led the Spartans with 18 kills in her final collegiate match. Gabriela Saade dished out 62 assists and had 20 digs. Alisha Green notched 14 kills and nine blocks.
The Spartans advanced to the Elite 8 by virtue of winning the South Region Volleyball Championship against SSC foe Florida Southern. UT swept the contest 30-27, 30-26, 30-19.
NCAA South Regional (November 16 - 18)
In Friday's action, top-seed Tampa staved off a determined No. 5 Lynn team in Friday's seminfinal, winning the match in five games. In the other semi, No. 2 Florida Southern downed No. 3 Nova Southeastern in four games to advance to Saturday's final.
In opening round action on Thursday, No. 3 Nova Southeastern downed No. 6 Wingate in four games, No. 2 Florida Southern held off No. 7 Saint Leo in five, No. 5 Lynn took down No. 4 Eckerd in four frames, and No. 1 Tampa swept No. 8 USC-Aiken in three.
Complete results for all matches, as well as live stats and a webcast for Saturday's regional final are available on the host website.
To view the complete NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship bracket, click here.