The Pirates volleyball team lost their first conference match of the season getting swept by the South Florida Bulls, 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-17).The loss dropped the Hall (7-11, 1-1) to an even .500 in conference play after the first two conference matches of the year. “We are an even .500 right now,” said head coach Kris Zeiter. “Right now we are just looking to next week.” In the loss senior Allie Matter was able to extend her nation leading dig streak to 55 after leading the team with 12. Sophomores Krissy Wrobel and Meghan Matusiak were tied for the team lead in kills with 8 apiece with Wrobel having a .500 attack percentage.The Hall started the first set taking a quick 3 point lead to start the match. USF would come and both teams would eventually come to a tie at 11. Freshman Morgan DeVries would give the Pirates the 17-15 advantage after one of her six kills in the match. After a USF timeout, the Bulls would take the next four points taking the 19-17 lead. The Pirates could not take back the lead losing the first set 25-21. “South Florida is a good team,” said Zeiter. “They have a lot of different weapons that they use in different ways.”The second set started with both teams playing evenly before the Bulls jumped out to an 11-7 lead. The Hall responded with their own run outscoring USF 8-3 taking the lead midway through the second set.USF then answered back regaining the lead at 17-16 and extending their to 20-16 over the Pirates. Again the Bulls late advantage was too much for the Hall to come back from taking the second set 25-21.”(Volleyball) is a momentum game,” said Wrobel. “Anything like a block or kill could get us back in the match, just like Georgetown did against us the game before.”Set three would start the Pirates way with the Hall taking the first 2 points but the Bulls responded by tying the set at 2-2, the last the Pirates would see of the lead. South Florida would add three more to their lead making it 5-2 in the third set. The Bulls ultimately pulled out to a 19-12 lead proving too much for the Pirates taking the third set 25-17 completing the three set sweep. “(USF) is a good offensive team and hitting the ball good,” said Wrobel. “We made a lot of errors hitting the ball.”The Pirates struggled hitting the ball all day with a .088 attack percentage while South Florida had an attacking percentage of .253.The Pirates travel to Milwaukee, Wis. on Oct. 2 to face the Golden Eagles of Marquette in Big East Conference play.Stephen Valenti can be reached at Stephen.email@example.com.
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