Tuesday, November 15 | vs Eckerd | 7 p.m.
Squaring up against the Eckerd College Tritons for the second time in five days, the Rollins volleyball team will look to even the season series on Tuesday evening in Warden Arena. The Tars and Tritons are set to match up at 7 p.m. in Sunshine State Conference action. Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person will be able to follow all of the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com.
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Rollins juniors Bri Civiero and Shannon McDonough currently sit second and fourth in Sunshine State Conference standings in kills per set, with Civiero averaging 3.80 in 50 sets played and McDonough posting a 3.71 average in 52 sets this season. In total kills against SSC opponents, McDonough currently sits fifth with 193, and Civiero sits sixth in SSC standings with 190.
Through 28 matches played, Shannon McDonough leads the team with 426 kills, averaging 4.06 per set. Fellow classmate Bri Civiero follows close behind with 423 kills in 106 sets played, averaging 3.99 per set. McDonough and Civiero became the first set of teammates in six seasons to reach 400+ kills in a season. McDonough currently ranks 14th in program record books for kills in a single season, followed by Civiero in 15th. Two other Tars have notched kills in triple-digit figures, with Sam Schlesman posting 153 in 100 sets played, and Rachel Fletcher tallying 144 in 67 sets played. Freshmen Gina Cappetta and Cassidy Cason have been the Tars’ primary setters this season, with Cappetta earning 628 assists in 72 sets played, and Cason posting 523 in her 63 sets played. Schlesman currently leads the team in blocks, posting up 86 on the season, including a team best 14 solo blocks. The sophomore is followed closely by MaryBethany Vincent, who has put up 79 so far in her junior campaign, including seven solo stops. Adding to the Tars’ defensive efforts is junior Rebecca Wilson, who leads the team with 486 digs on the season to place her ninth in program record books for digs in a single season.
Head Coach Mika Robinson took over the Tars’ program in February and has aligned Rollins for success this season. She was head coach at Berry College the past eight seasons, amassing a record of 169-88 with three conference championships and to NCAA Division III Tournament berths.
Eckerd senior JaQuayla Baker currently leads the Sunshine State Conference in hitting percentage, posting a .346 average in 58 sets played, as well as overall blocks with 62, averaging 1.07 per set. Kaitlyn Sibson currently sits fourth in SSC standings digs and digs per set, having earned 276 in 58 sets played for an average of 4.76 per set.
Three Tritons have notched over 200 kills this season, led by Kali Boatwright with 286. Behind Boatwright is JaQuayla Baker with 281, followed by Lauryn Nelson with 237. Gabriella Reis has earned 1028 of the Tritons’ 1,341 assists, while Fernanda Reis has dished out 150. Kaitlyn Sibson leads the team in digs with 543, averaging 4.85 per set after seeing time in 112 sets so far this season. At the net, Baker has posted 97.0 total blocks so far this season, including 21 solo blocks to lead the team.
Eckerd is led by Michelle Piantadosi, who is in her fifth season with the Tritons. The 2015 season saw the team finish strong and earn a bid to the NCAA South Regional for the third time under her leadership. The season also featured an AVCA All-American selection in Tjasa Kotnik, who also earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors. In four seasons at Eckerd, she has amassed a record of 70-52.
Entering into their final three matches of the 2016 regular season, the Tars hold onto an overall record of 11-17 and 3-10 mark in SSC play. In their last seven matches, the Tars have taken their opponents to at least four sets, with two matches going a full five, both which resulted in victories for Rollins. Riding a three match losing streak, the Tars’ last two matchups saw the team fall in the first two sets before battling back to take the third set to send the match to a fourth and final set. Last week against the Tritons, Rollins dropped the first two sets (23-25, 7-25), but bounced back to take the third set 25-19 before the tritons sealed the 3-1 victory with a 25-18 Set 4 win.
With two matches left in their regular season, the Eckerd College Tritons enter into Tuesday’s matchup with an overall record of 17-12 and 8-6 in Sunshine State Conference action. Eckerd currently sits fifth within the SSC standings, having dropped conference matches to Florida Southern, Saint Leo, Barry, Lynn, and twice to Tampa. The Tritons recently snapped a five-match losing streak against the Tars on Friday, November 11, and capped off the weekend with a sweep of Embry-Riddle on Saturday.
After Tuesday’s match-up, the Tars close out their regular season with a weekend of Sunshine State Conference action at home. Rollins welcomes Lynn University to the Alfond Sports Center for a Friday night showdown at 7 p.m., and will host Barry University on Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Tars’ Senior Day. Fans who are unable to attend the matches will be able to follow all of the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com.
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