Greetings folks. Quick note that there is Volleyball to pay attention to this weekend. Compliments to correspondent Will McLaughlin…..


USF volleyball coach Claire Lessinger said she has noticed two things different in her team this week. It’s Energy and Defense. 


They’ll need that when they travel to play St. John’s and Connecticut this weekend.


USF (15-10, 5-5) comes into this weekend tied for eighth place in the Big East conference while Connecticut (18-7, 9-3) rests in fourth.  Lessinger knows that this weekend will be challenging, but is very optimistic with the way practice went this week.


“The energy here is really good,” Lessinger said.  “The past two losses weren’t bad losses, and we’re taking a lot of good things out of them.  We are feeding off of the positives, and working on our team defense.  I have a lot of faith that we’re going to be able to do what we need to do.”


The Bulls will need positive energy Friday. St. John’s (18-7, 9-1) comes in with sole possession of first place in the Big East.


 Last weekend, the Bulls team defense was exposed in losses to Cincinnati and Louisville.  Lessinger said that her team has solely focused on defense this week in preparation for the Red Storm.


“Defense wins championships,” Lessinger said.  “It is something we need to pride ourselves in.  We need to be more efficient on keeping balls alive, and that’s what we’ve been working on this week.”


Freshmen outside hitter Alli O’Connor believes the team grew up a lot after the losses last weekend, and believes that this week has brought positive things out of the squad.


“The two losses this past weekend really pointed out what we needed to work on,” O’Connor said.  “I think we have gotten better in practice this week, and hopefully we will carry that into the weekend and get a win.”    


Senior middle blocker Nakia Williams is very confident in the defensive development of the team.


“We have improved our defense every day in practice this week,” Williams said.  “We feel like we can go toe to toe with St. John’s and Connecticut and we’re going to play really hard this weekend.”  

– Will McLaughlin