ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (September 8, 2012) - A split in the final day of the Eckerd College Volleyball Classic snapped the Tars' three-game losing with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21) victory over the Newberry Wolves. Rollins dropped a 3-2 (25-16, 17-25, 24-26, 25-21, 10-15) decision earlier in the day to Northwood (Mich.) University.
In the Tars' first match of the day, Rollins quickly notched a win in the first set, taking a 25-16 win. The Tars led the entire way throughout the set and only allowed the Timberwolves to come within one at the 8-7 mark on a kill by Zina Liubymova. A kill from Collyn Welsch secured the opening frame victory.
The Tars struggled in the next two sets as they fell 25-17 and 26-24. The third set saw 10 ties and six lead changes. Rollins gained a 23-19 lead on a kill by Caitlin Hopkins, but a 5-1 run by Northwood knotted the score at 24-all. The Tars were unable to overcome the pressure and gave up two quick points on an attack error and a block solo.
In the fourth set, Rollins was able to even the match at two apiece with a 25-21 win. Northwood slowly closed the gap on a 5-0 run to make the score 23-20, but a defensive miscue by the Timberwolves gave the Tars match-point while a kill from Welsch secured the win.
Rollins was unable to seal the win in the fifth set as they fell behind early on. A serving error by Northwood brought Rollins within one at the 4-3 mark but that would be as close as they'd get. Northwood took the 15-10 win and match win.
Three Tars in double-figures led the way with Aroon Duncanson registering 12 kills. Camille Indest and Collyn Welsch each added 11 kills each. Welsch also recorded her third double-double of the season with 18 digs.
The three-match losing skid-snapper came against the Newberry College Wolves in the Tars' second four-setter of the season. Rollins led throughout a majority of the game until Newberry rattled off five straight points to tie the score at 19-all. The Tars were able to take a one-point lead on a kill by Jill Lau, but the Wolves went on a 6-1 run to end the set and secure a 25-21 win over the Tars.
In set two, Rollins found themselves trailing early on, but made up the deficit having to tie the score on multiple occasions. The Tars finally pulled away from Newberry after an 18-all tie by the Wolves. Rollins scored three straight points to force a Newberry timeout, as they closed out the set on a 7-1 run.
Rollins battled in the third set but were the victors in the end with a 26-24 win. Newberry evened the score at 24-all on a kill by Samantha Parrish, while a defensive miscue and a block assist from Camille Indest and Aroon Duncanson gave the Tars the win.
The Tars earned the win in the fourth set after battling eight ties and three lead changes. Newberry tied the score at 18-all but a kill and a block by Rollins gave them a two-point lead. A kill by Caitlin Hopkins secured the win for Rollins and now improves them to 3-4 on the season.
Five Tars tallied double-digit kills as Indest led the way with 15. Duncanson, Lau and Welsch each had 11 kills each while Hopkins added 10. Freshman April Jackson registered a her first double-double of the season with a season-high 40 assists and 12 digs.
Rollins continues their seven-game road swing as they head up to Savannah, Ga. for the 2012 Armstrong Atlantic Volleyball Classic set for Sept. 14-15. The Tars will open up the tournament with North Alabama on Friday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m.