Dons Weekly Roundup

Sophie Sydenham (#11) launches up for an attack.
PHOTO COURTESY OF EDUARDO GARCIA/DONS ATHLETICS

The Dons pushed through a busy week, but USF women’s volleyball and USF men’s and women’s soccer couldn’t find victory. Here is your recap of this week in Dons’ sports.

USF women’s volleyball competed in three matches in one week. However, they came up short against the University of Pacific Tigers, the nationally ranked No. 25 University of San Diego Toreros, and the nationally ranked No. 10 Brigham Young University Cougars. 

The Dons played the Tigers Sept. 28. USF got on the board first as they took control of the first set by a score of 25-23. This momentum failed to carry as the Dons dropped the second and third sets by a score of 17-25 and 16-25 respectively. The Tigers secured the fourth set and ultimately won by a score of 1-3. 

The Dons squared off against the Toreros Sept. 30. USF kept things close for the first two sets but they were unable to squeak out a win in either instance. The Toreros took the third set and swept the Dons by a score of 0-3. 

USF finished their week on the Hilltop as they hosted the BYU Cougars Oct. 2. Orsula Staka and Shyia Richardson sparked the Dons’ offense early on, but BYU ended up overtaking the first set. The Cougars easily put away the Dons in the next two sets and swept the contest by a score of 0-3. Looking ahead, the Dons will visit the Santa Clara University Broncos Oct. 9. 

USF men’s soccer faced the nationally ranked No. 25 Santa Clara University Broncos Oct. 2. The Broncos took an early lead in the 10th minute due to a header that landed in the center of the goal. They closed the half with another shot to dead center, and the Dons trailed by a score of 0-2. 

The Dons got on board in the 89th minute when Nonso Adimabua scored a header off a cross from Jack Boccuzzi, but USF ultimately ended up losing by a score of 1-3. 

USF women’s soccer competed against the Saint Mary’s College of California Gaels. Both sides were tied at the half, but the Gaels got on the board with a shot off the goalpost that hit the left corner. The Gaels fired off an additional goal, and USF was shut out by a score of 0-2.

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