USF will host Winthrop Friday at 7 p.m. and FAU Saturday at 7 p.m in the Best Western Invitational.

USF (3-0-0) won the Hurricane Invitational last weekend, beating Prairie View A & M, Florida Gulf Coast, and Miami.

Marcia Gurgel, who was named Big East Preseason Player of the Year, earned MVP honors after her 40 kill effort last weekend.  Jarka Havlickova and Alli Arbogast were also named to all-tournament team.

USF has never faced Winthrop.  USF leads the all-time series with FAU 12-2, but have dropped the past two meetings with the Owls.

The Bulls will try to match the 4-0 start they got off to last year.   Last weekend, Gurgel talked about the importance of getting quality wins early in the season, not just from an RPI standpoint.

“It helps in the long run,” she said. “Now we know we can win every game we play. It gives us tremendous confidence”

-Phil Neary