WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 1, 2012) - After opening the 2012 season with a split, the No. 22 Tars wrapped up the final day of the Rollins Invitational with another split between the Pace Setters and the MSU Moorhead Dragons. Rollins took their first match of the day by a score of 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-19) and fell 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 18-25, 26-28) to the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons. The Tars are now 2-2 on the young season.
In the opening set against Pace, Rollins jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Setters tied the score at 4-4. Pace then took the lead on a kill by Nora Rugova and led by as many as four points. The Tars slowly chipped away at the deficit and tied the score at 12-all on kill by Jill Lau. Rollins held onto their lead and captured the 25-19 win on a defensive miscue by the Setters.
In the second set, Rollins remained ahead of the Setters and led by as many as 10 on multiple occasions and further extended their lead on a Pace setting error. A kill from Camille Indest secured the 25-12 win.
The final set of the match saw a close game with Pace not far behind the Tars. After a kill by Caitlin Hopkins at the 18-14 mark, the Tars pulled away and secured the match victory on another kill by Hopkins.
Caitlin Hopkins finished with a match- and career-high 12 kills with two digs and a block. Megan Hodges registered 11 kills while Jill Lau added 10 of her own. Hodges was once again one dig shy of a double-double with nine digs.
In the Tars' nightcap, Rollins quickly chalked up a win with a 25-22 win in the first set. A block from Jill Lau evened the score at 21-all and gave the Tars the momentum to finish out on top.
MSU Moorhead then took the next two sets to take the match into the fourth game. The final set saw a total of 20 ties and nine lead changes. Rollins held the final tie of the set at 26-all as they took advantage of an attack error by the Dragons. Back-to-back kills from Kaitlin VanWinkle and Abby Wolpern gave the Dragons the 28-26 win and the match victory.
Offensively, the Tars tallied more kills and more assists than the Dragons as Megan Hodges registered 24 kills. Collyn Welsch recorded her first double-double of the season on 13 kills and 13 digs Camille Indest recorded 10 kills with five digs and five blocks. Kiana Parks also added 35 assists to the Tars' offense.
The No .22 Tars will return to action on Friday, September 7 in a rematch against the MSU Moorhead Dragons at the Eckerd College Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla.