WINTER PARK, Fla. (August 31, 2012) - The No. 22 Rollins Tars opened up the 2012 season with a split on day one of the 2012 Rollins Invitational. The Tars downed the Kentucky State Thorobrettes, 3-0, and suffered a 3-0 loss to the California (Pa.) Vulcans.
Rollins opened up the day with a match-up against Kentucky State and made quick work of their opponent. The Tars recorded scores of 25-11, 25-9 and 25-6. Megan Hodges and Jill Lau each posted a game-high six kills. Hodges also recorded a career-high 10 service aces.
In the first set, the Tars scored 11 straight points, their longest rally of the set, to capture the 25-11 win. In the beginning of the second set, Rollins rattled off five straight points before Kentucky State was able to chalk up a score. Rollins then scored another eight consecutive points to take a 13-2 lead. A kill by Jill Lau secured the 25-9 victory. In the final set of the match, the Tars made even quicker work of their opponent as they held the Thorobrettes to six points.
In the nightcap of the Rollins Invitational, the Tars faced some tougher competition in the California (Pa.) Vulcans. Rollins suffered scores of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-17.
In the first set, Rollins evened the score at 3-3 on a kill by Caitlin Hopkins. California (Pa.) then rattled off 10 straight points to extend their lead to 13-3 and never looked back. A serving error by Megan Hodges handed the Vulcans the 25-11 win.
Rollins found themselves trailing again in the following set but managed to get within one in the early going, 5-4, on a kill by Collyn Welsch. The Vulcans continued to extend their lead throughout the set and took a 25-14 win.
In the third set of the match, the No. 22 Tars started off strong, scoring as they went on a5-1 run. California (Pa.) slowly chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the score at 6-6 on a Rollins defensive miscue. The score tied on one more occasion before the Vulcans pulled away. A kill by Hopkins brought the Tars within two at the 12-10 mark but were never able to close the gap. The Vulcans secured the win on a 25-17 win.
Hodges registered a season-high 11 kills and hit a match-high .321. The Orlando native was a dig shy of her first double-double of the season as she tallied nine digs. Freshman April Jackson collected 14 assists while defensively, Christina Carracino led the squad with 10 digs.The No. 22 Rollins Tars will wrap up the 2012 Rollins Invitational on Saturday, September 1 with a 12:40 p.m. match-up against the Pace Setters followed with an 8 p.m. showdown against the MSU Moorhead Dragons.