Spartans on top in Volleyball and Swim; Soccer takes its first strike

By Cody Gornbein


Women’s Soccer team

On Oct. 13, the women’s soccer team fell short against Lynn University, ending 1-0, after winning eight straight prior games.

During the first half, Tampa brought pressure throughout the 45-minute time period. They ripped off nine shots, two of which hit off the crossbars. Libby Wissman, junior midfielder, led the team taking two shots in the first half.

Women’s Volleyball Team

On Oct. 13, the women’s volleyball team, ranked No. 8, took the win over Eckerd College. This was their second matchup of the season.

Sophomore outside hitter Sorrel Houghton led the spartans with 17 kills on 47 attempts. She got two blocks and six digs as well. With help, Katie McKiel, sophomore outsider hitter, grabbed her 13th double-double of the season with 15 digs and 13 kills. Taylor Fosler, junior middle blocker, was dominating the game in the middle, coming out on 11 kills on 19 attempts. Melissa Elias, sophomore setter and right side hitter, grabbed a team-high of 18 digs for Tampa, while still getting in 12 assists. Let’s not forget junior setter Sammy Mueller, who recorded 12 digs along with a whopping 33 assists. The Spartans defeated Eckerd College by 3-1.

Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams

On Oct. 13, both the men’s and women’s swimming teams opened up the 2018-2019 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) both defeating Rollins College.

On the men’s side, senior Dominic Russo, sophomore Youssef Khowessah, junior Luke Hene and senior Cameron Newton won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:31.42. UT took the second and third spots. Junior Brian Valedon won the 1,000 Free in 52.41, with teammates Felix Bartel, graduate, and senior Nick Tinucci right behind. Hene took first place in the 200 Free and 500 meter. He won the 200 Free in 1:46.74 and 51.02 in the 500 Free. Brett Saunders, junior, won the 100 Back, with his teammates Russo and sophomore Andreas Johnsen right behind him. Jared Fitzgerald, sophomore, won the 100 Breast in 59.95, and Austin Simpson, junior, won the 200 Breast in a time of 2:10.83.

As for the women’s side, sophomore Hana van Loock, freshman Anja Oca, freshman Isabelle Bularca and junior Molly O’Hara won the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:58.02. Elizaveta Bazarova, sophomore, won the 200 Free in 1:55.05. Van Loock took first in the 100 Back in 59.47. McKenzie Street, street, won the 100 Breast in 1:05.74, with teammates Anja Oca, junior, and Francesca Rusca, sophomore right behind her. Victoria Horsman, senior, won the 200 Fly in 2:09.90. Megan Waddell, junior, led in the 50 Free with teammates Cat Sterlacci, freshman, and Maureen Moore, sophomore. Molly O’Hara, junior, placed first in the 100 Free in 54.31. Ali Lombardi, senior, won the 200 Breast in 2:27.18, while Moore was the leading finisher in the 500 Free clocking in at 5:05.56. Van Loock, O’Hara, Bularca and Lombardi won the 200 Free relay in a finishing time of 1:39.70. The Spartans rolled over Rollins College, 181-81

Women’s Cross Country Team

On Oct. 12., the women’s cross country took their B team to the South Florida Invitational and placed 3rd overall.

Cassie Highsmith, freshman, placed 6th place, led UT for her second time this season. She finished the 5K course with a timing of 19:33.37. Two sophomores, Corrine Fanta and Gabriella Orlando placed 8th and 9th. Their times were 19:47.94 and 19:50.35. Lexi Grigg, sophomore, and Lindsey Marzo, freshman, placed 24th and 33rd. Their times were 20:45.87 and 21:24.97.

Men’s Cross Country Team

On Oct. 12 , the men’s team took their B team to the South Florida Invitational as well. They placed 4th overall.

Stone Malick, sophomore, placed 17th overall. It was his first time leading the Spartans this season. He finished the 8K course in 29:15.01. Paul Wales, freshman, finished two spots behind him in 29:19.81. Brice Easton and James Dooley, sophomores, placed 22nd and 37th. Their finishing times were 29:33.54 and 30:39.80. James McVeigh, sophomore finished in right behind Dooley in 30:49.45. And Tristan Vaira, sophomore, placed 46th overall for the Spartans.

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