PENSACOLA, Fla. – Tampa made quick work in its quarterfinal game, defeating Wheeling Jesuit in three sets. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA semifinals.
Tampa posted an overall record of 31-3. The Cardinals finished its 2012 campaign at 38-3.
Leading the Spartans was NCAA National Player of the Year Danielle Selkridge. She led the team with 10 kills on 19 swings. Freshman Marissa Lisenbee added with seven kills of her own to help the Spartans to a sweep.
Defense was the name of the game in the opening set, as the Spartans limited the Cardinals to a .027 attack percentage. Tampa dug out 19 of Wheeling Jesuit’s 37 total attempts, with Frances Cardenas leading UT with five. The offense was evenly distributed with five Spartans connecting for multiple kills as Tampa took the opening frame 25-16.
In the second set, Tampa continued its superb defensive play to seal the 25-14 victory. Selkridge, Lisenbee and Holly Reschke all paced UT with three kills apiece. Setters Kahley Patrick and Sloane Baby each provided six assists as the Spartans recorded 13 kills total on the set.
The Spartans took an early lead in the final frame and never looked back, securing a 25-15 victory.