UT Soccer, Volleyball Teams Capture SSC Championships

Published: Nov 5, 2007
Cross Country Teams Advance to Nationals

Three University of Tampa teams won conference championships this weekend and two more won regional competitions to put them in the running for national titles.

The women’s soccer and volleyball teams both captured Sunshine State Conference (SSC) championships for the third straight season, and the men’s soccer team claimed its first SSC title in six years.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams also earned victories at the South Regional championship, winning a trip to the national championships.

With the SSC championships under their belts, the soccer and volleyball teams earned berths to NCAA playoffs. The men’s soccer team’s win in the SSC finals — a 4-2 victory over Lynn University — marked the first NCAA playoff berth since 2001, the year the team won the national championship.

The women’s team captured the SSC title in a hard-fought win in overtime with a final score of 1-0 against St. Leo University.

Both soccer teams now advance to the NCAA South Regional. The men's team will face Lynn again as the second seed in the NCAA South Regional on Friday at 4 p.m. at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. The women will face the winner of Friday's match to be held at UT between Ouachita Baptist University and Nova Southeastern University. The winner of that match will advance to play the Spartans on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The volleyball team claimed its SSC championship in a match against St. Leo, with a final score of 3-1. This is the 17th SSC championship for the Spartan volleyball team, which has won 11 of the past 12 titles. The team now heads to Miami Shores for a game against Barry University on Friday before concluding its regular season Saturday at Lynn University. They will then head to the NCAA South Regional tournament, which takes place Nov. 15-18 at a location yet to be announced. Both cross country teams showcased record-breaking performances at the NCAA South Regional, the women taking first place and the men taking second. It was the second time in program history that the women have taken first-place. The men will make the program’s first NCAA finals appearance.

The cross country NCAA Championships will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, in Joplin, Mo.

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