After a 7-24 season (1-19 AAC), the pressure is on for USF Women’s Volleyball to perform better in 2022 and earn more wins.
In the schedule, the team will face a few familiar faces along with a mix of new teams they haven’t played yet. Here’s what the 2022 season will look like in the next 32 games.
The Bulls have faced state teams six times in non-conference games in 2021. However, the Bulls will only face Stetson on Sept. 16 at the Corral this season. USF won half of their Florida clashes last year, including a win over the Hatters.
As for the rest of the schedule, South Florida will start its home season in a three-game home game against three foreign teams: William and Mary, Ball State and South Alabama.
USF volleyball will then hit the road in New York and Texas for six games before returning to its second and final non-conference yard. One of the opponents includes the University of Texas at San Antonio, a program joining the AAC in 2023.
South Florida will host its final homestand Sept. 16-17 against Cornell, Stetson and South Dakota.
The majority of the Bull’s wins come from this sector of the schedule and will have to take advantage of these games if the conference proves to be as difficult as it was in 2021.
Volleyball suffered in its conference season, earning just one win over Memphis by winning three of four sets.
The team will play each conference team twice, once at home and once away. The most feared on the conference schedule is defending AAC champion Central Florida. The Knights (27-7, AAC 19-1) qualified for the NCAA championship but lost to UCLA.
Along with the Knights, AAC holds other threats like Houston, Cincinnati and Southern Methodist, all with winning percentages above .700 in the conference.
In conference, five games will be held at the Yuengling Center rather than the Corral. The first two are Sept. 30 against Tulsa and Oct. 2 against Wichita State. The other three will take place on November 4, 6 and 9 when the Bulls take on Memphis, SMU and UCF respectively.
From attacks to blocking, the opponents outperform the Bulls in every category. In eliminations, all away teams have 1,415 while South Florida have 1,389. The digs also show a significant margin with USF holding 1,606 while their rivals hold 1,737.
The one area the Bulls seem to do better in is errors. They outnumber their opponents in errors of reception, service, set and attack.
For the team to have a chance of making a better record than the previous season, the offense and defense must take a big step forward and stay consistent throughout each game to start picking up wins again.