For the sixth straight year, the University of Tampa (27-3) volleyball team won its opening game of the NCAA Tournament, defeating visiting Kentucky State 25-10, 25-17, 25-19.
The No. 2 Spartans led for the entire first and second sets, with KSU (26-11) holding its first advantage in the third set. UT played each of its 15 players, with 11 playing two or more sets.
Eva Dupay led Tampa with a team-high 10 kills while committing zero errors and hitting at a .667 clip. Camille Hanks, Jessica Yingling and Kaleigh Cunningham each had five kills as 11 UT players had multiple kills.
The Spartans advance to the South Region semifinals to face fellow Sunshine State Conference opponent Lynn University tonight at 7:30 at the Bob Martinez Sports Center.
In Thursday's other matches, Lynn beat Barry 24-26, 29-31, 27-25, 25-19, 19-17; West Florida and Rollins also won their matches and they play today at 5.