ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 27, 2012) - The Rollins volleyball team is re-writing history as they begin the second half of the Sunshine State Conference schedule the same as the first. The Tars dropped a 3-1 (17-25, 22-25, 25-16, 17-25) decision to the Tritons and have now lost four straight meetings against Eckerd.
Rollins (14-12, 5-5) was led by the duo of Kelly Merideth and Megan Hodges. Merideth posted a season-high 15 kills with six digs and two blocks while Hodges added 14 kills with six digs and three blocks. Setter April Jackson added 37 assists while tying her season-high three service aces.
Junior Lindsay Biggs led the Tritons (17-7, 8-2) with 16 kills after recording her 1,000th career kill the night before against Florida Tech. Ali McAlvany and Olivia Fraser also posted double-figure kills with 14 and 10 respectively.
After a kill by Hodges gave the Tars their first point in the opening set, Rollins was able to take a lead on an EC serving error. The Tritons then rallied back to tie the score at 12-all and took advantage of a Rollins error that gave them the lead. The Tars were unable to close the gap, dropping the first 25-17.
The Tars started the second frame very similar to the previous set, taking a 7-2 lead on a 6-0 run. Rollins remained out ahead as the Tritons slowly inched their way to a tie, eventually coming at 15-all on a kill from Katarina Milojevic.
The score would tie on two more occasions, the final in favor of the home team. An error by the Tars would give the Tritons a one-point lead and would give way to an Eckerd 25-22 win.
Rollins turned it on in the third set as they posted a 25-16 win. The Tars led from the get-go allowing Eckerd as close as two at the 12-10 mark on a kill from Alex Laton. Hodges and Merideth led the Tars with seven and six kills respectively in the third.
In the final set, the Tars were unable to carry the momentum as they fell 25-17.
Rollins will return to Warden Arena on Friday, Nov. 2 as they host the Barry Buccaneers at 7 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.