TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa beach volleyball team is set to host the Florida Southern Moccasins on Tuesday, April 10th at 4:00 p.m.
The Matchup: University of Tampa (12-10) vs. Florida Southern College (5-17)
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10th at 4:00 p.m.
Location: University of Tampa Beach Volleyball Complex | Tampa, Fla.
Last Time Out: The Tampa Spartans took fourth place at the AVCA Small College Beach Championships. On the first day of competition, the Spartans went undefeated, sweeping Florida Southern 5-0, before moving on to defeat Lincoln Memorial and Saint Leo, both 4-1. During the second day of the Championships, UT fell to Eckerd College 4-1, and then was defeated by Spring Hill College 3-2. In their last dual against Spring Hill, Tampa's two points came on the ones and fives courts. In the ones position, Sorrel Houghton and Melissa Elias won their match in three sets, defeating the Badgers 21-14, 18-21, 15-12. The second point for the Spartans was from partners Alexandra Misca and Sarah Moore who won in two, 21-14, 21-15.
About the Spartans: This is the inaugural season for beach volleyball at the University of Tampa. The roster is composed of 10 beach only athletes, while eight of the student-athletes also played on the University's indoor team in the fall. This season, the Spartans have a 12-10 record, having just come off a fourth-place finish at the AVCA Small College Beach Championships. The Spartans are coached by Jeff Lamm, who just finished his 16th season as an indoor assistant, where he has found success helping the Spartans achieve two NCAA Division II National Championships. Lamm's indoor coaching career has been wildly successful and in 2011 he was even honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association of America (AVCA) as the National Assistant Coach of the Year. This is Jeff Lamm's first head coaching job at the collegiate level.
About the Moccasins: The Moccasins beach program is also in its first year of existence. They are currently 5-17 overall with wins over Morehead State, Stevenson, Saint Leo, Tampa, and Lincoln Memorial. The Mocs have six student-athletes that also played on the varsity indoor team, leaving 10 beach only athletes on their roster. FSC is coached by Hyrum Keime who in addition to being the head beach coach, just finished his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Florida Southern indoor volleyball program.
Series History: This will be the fourth time that the Spartans have faced the Moccasins this season. UT leads the all-time series over FSC 2-1.