SAVANNAH, Ga. (September 14, 2012) - The Rollins Tars volleyball team began to look like the team they were one year ago as they notched wins against North Alabama and handed host-Armstrong Atlantic their first loss of the season. Rollins now improves to 5-4 as two matches remain on the Tars' slate at the 2012 AASU South/Southeast Region Challenge Presented by Optim Health.
In the first match-up of the day, the Tars took on North Alabama (1-5) and rolled past the Lions in three. The last time Rollins faced UNA was last season in the first round of the 2011 NCAA DII South Regional; the Tars won in four.
Of the 14 total ties in the contest, 12 came in the first set as Rollins took a 28-26 win. Rollins registered 13 kills in the set. After a setting error by the Tars at the 13-12 mark brought the Lions within one, Rollins went on a 4-1 run to take a 17-13 lead. North Alabama closed the gap, followed by multiple ties with the last coming by the Lions at 26-all. A kill by Jill Lau gave the Tars a one-point advantage, 26-25, while a service ace by Kiana Parks secured the win.
Rollins was able to make quick work of North Alabama in the next two sets with a 25-15 win in the second and a 25-14 victory in the third set.
Camille Indest was the only Tar to reach double-figure kills with 10 and led the team defensively with six blocks. Of those six, four came in the second set, all consecutively, that allowed the Tars to take a 6-0 lead. Collyn Welsch and Lau each added eight kills to the Tars offense.
In the Tars' nightcap, Rollins escaped with a 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-10) victory over host-Armstrong Atlantic, handing the Pirates their first loss of the season and first home loss since 2010.
In the opening set against the Pirates, Rollins was able to grab a strong lead after AASU tied the score at 9-all on a service ace. A kill by Jill Lau gave the Tars a one-point lead and was the beginning of a 4-0 run. Armstrong Atlantic put up two quick points to make the score 13-10 in favor of Rollins, but the Tars responded back with three straight points to lead 16-11. The Pirates came as close as two to the Tars at the 22-20 mark on a block but a pair of kills from Camille Indest and another kill from Collyn Welsch secured the win.
Rollins fell short in the second set with a 25-19 loss but took a 2-1 advantage over the Pirates in the third with a 25-18 win. The Tars registered the most kills in the third set with 16 with six coming off the hand of Welsch. She finished the night with 16 kills, 18 digs, two service aces and a pair of blocks.
The Tars were unable to wrap up the match in the fourth set, suffering a 25-22 loss. The Pirates came from behind to tie the score at 22-all on a kill from Brittany Wolf. A defensive miscue followed by back-to-back blocks gave Armstrong Atlantic the win and evened the match to two sets apiece.
Facing a fifth set for the third time this season, Rollins jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead that forced a Pirate timeout. AASU fought back and managed to tie the score at the 7-7 mark but were never able to close the gap as a crucial kill by Lau gave the Tars a 13-10 lead. Rollins was able to take advantage of a defensive miscue by the Pirates that gave them match point while a kill from Indest gave the Tars their first five-set match win.
Four Tars registered double-digit kills with Indest tallying a match-high 19 kills, to go along with eight digs and five blocks. Welsch added 16 while Jill Lau recorded a career-high 15 kills and Aroon Duncanson 10. Of the Tars' 65 team kills, 53 were attributed to Kiana Parks.
Rollins will wrap up the 2012 South/Southeast Region Challenge on Saturday as they begin the day with an 11 a.m. match up against the No. 22 Flagler Saints followed by a 2 p.m. match against Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. Fans can follow along on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.