Tampa Bay Sports Day

UT: Basketball Has Good Week; DeSousa Named to All-South Region First Team

Tampa’s men’s and women’s basketball went 2-0 last week.

The men defeated North Alabama 90-81 in overtime, before taking down Alabama-Huntsville in a similar fashion. UT defeated the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers with a final score of 102-96. The women hosted Spring Hill College on Friday, winning the game 69-62.

They then went on to defeat the West Georgia Wolves 71-68. With both teams having two games under their belts, it’s safe to say, “Basketball is back!”. Men’s soccer welcomed the No. 9 ranked West Alabama Tigers, who ended the Spartans postseason run yesterday with a final score of 5-1.

The men’s soccer team ended their season with an overall record of 9-4-3, an SSC Tournament Championship, and the program’s 25th NCAA Tournament Appearance.

Tampa Volleyball also finished last week with a perfect 2-0 record. The women defeated Embry-Riddle, on Tuesday, three sets to none, before slaying the Florida Tech Panthers in a similar fashion on senior night.

Men’s Basketball: Tampa is set to host the Eckerd Tritons today. The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. The Spartans will then travel for a game against the Nova Southeastern Sharks on Saturday. This game will also be held at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball: The women’s basketball schedule is almost identical to the men’s. They will host Eckerd on today at 5:30 p.m. The team will then take on Nova Southeastern, Saturday, on the road with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming: The men’s and women’s swim team will compete in the Panther Invitational Friday through Sunday in Melbourne, Fla.

Volleyball: UT women’s volleyball team wraps up their regular season play with three matches this week. Volleyball will end conference play with a pair of road matches against the Barry Buccaneers and the Nova Southeastern Sharks. The first whistle on Saturday will be at 7  p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

UT Notes: University of Tampa men’s soccer senior forward Felipe DeSousa was named today to the 2017 D2CCA All-South Region First Team. DeSousa was recognized after helping to guide the Spartans to a 9-4-3 overall record and 6-2-2 in Sunshine State Conference action. The team finished second in the Sunshine State Conference standings behind Palm Beach Atlantic. After entering the conference tournament as the two seed, the team went on to clinch the programs third trophy in the tournament after defeating Rollins 2-1 in the championship game.
Tampa then advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time in school history where they fell in the 2nd round to West Alabama. This season, DeSousa led the team with 9 goals in 13 games in his lone season as a Spartan and also added one assist. The first-team all-SSC performer was also named the SSC Offensive Player of the Year. The Florida Gulf Coast University also notched four game-winning goals in his senior season, coming against No. 17 Rollins, Nova Southeastern, Florida Tech and Shorter.