Opening the season with a 3-2 record was not the way the University of Tampa women’s basketball team wanted to start out. Despite a tough overtime loss to Georgia State and College in the second game, the Spartans have not played like the team that was picked to finish second in the Sunshine State Conference before the start of the season.
The stats don’t lie. The Spartans are dominating their opponents early in the season. Strong shooting and solid defense led the University of Tampa men’s basketball team to five victories as most of the campus went home for Thanksgiving break. As a team, the Spartans are making 43.
The University of Tampa set the Sunshine State Conference record for the highest attendance at a women’s athletic event with an announced crowd of 1,145 vs. Florida Southern College. The combined efforts of the Spartan Fan Club, Resident Assistants and Sports Marketing Department drew students, parents and faculty to this game.
On a fateful night in Alabama, the Spartans varsity baseball team mobbed the field after winning the fourth national baseball championship in school history. Six months later, the celebration lingers in the hearts and minds of the team. As the team inches closer to the start of the season, it is now back to work, and head coach Joe Urso has his team on a one-track path.
When Tampa volleyball coach Chris Catanach took over the program in 1984, UT was a fairly unknown school when it came to volleyball. In his 23 years with the team, Catanach has transformed the University of Tampa into one of the top Division II volleyball programs in the country.