Friday, November 18 | vs Lynn | 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 | vs Barry | 5 p.m.
Entering into their final two matches of their 2016 campaign, the Rollins volleyball team is set to welcome Lynn University and Barry University to Warden Arena. The Tars will square off against the Fighting Knights at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, and will conclude their season with a 5 p.m. Senior Day game against the Buccaneers on Saturday. 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 fifth in Sunshine State Conference standings in kills per set, with Civiero averaging 3.93 in 55 sets played and McDonough posting a 3.61 average in 57 sets this season. In total kills against SSC opponents, McDonough currently sits sixth with 206, and Civiero sits fourth in SSC standings with 216.
Through 29 matches played, Bri Civiero leads the team with 449 kills, averaging 4.05 per set. Fellow classmate Shannon McDonough follows close behind with 439 kills in 110 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. Two other Tars have notched kills in triple-digit figures, with Sam Schlesman posting 156 in 102 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 671 assists in 77 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 85 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 513 digs on the 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.
Lynn University is led by Cleuza Porto with 366 kills through 104 sets played, averaging 3.52 per set. Lydia West has notched 334 kills in 106 sets played for an average of 3.15 per set. Holding onto an impressive 1234 assists so far this season is Marissa Tandron, who averages 11.53 per set. Katie Knight has amassed a team best 464 digs in 107 sets, averaging 4.34 per set. At the net, West leads the team with 81 blocks, including a team high 21 solo blocks.
The Fighting Knights are led by Adam Milewski who was hired in July of 2015, becoming the first male coach in program history and eighth head coach overall. In his first season, Milewski led the Fighting Knights to an overall record of 14-15 and 4-12 in Sunshine State Conference action. He is assisted by Lydee Benoit Plexico, Nick St. Thomas, and Ore Pablos.
Leading the Buccaneers in kills is Jaeda Allen with 375 in 109 sets played, averaging 3.44 per set. Allen is followed by Ivana Didanovic with 207 and Kristina Filimonova with 198. In all, seven different Buccaneers have notched triple digit kill counts on the season. Holding onto the team lead in assists is Jenny Trinidad with 736 in 110 sets played, averaging 6.69 per set. Joining Trinidad is Juliana Tirabassi with 349 in 79 sets for an average of 4.42 per set. Defensively, Kat Espinosa has compiled a team high 439 digs, followed by Ariel Mangum with 315. In total, six different Bucs have earned triple-digit totals in digs so far this season. At the net, Didanovic holds onto a team leading 101.0 blocks, followed by Filimonova with 98.0.
Barry is led by led by Steve Hendricks, who was named the sixth head coach of Barry’s volleyball program in 2011. In five seasons Hendricks has led the Bucs to a record of 70-71. He is assisted by Cinthia Angus and Sherwin Pereira.
Entering into their final two matches of the 2016 regular season, the Tars hold onto an overall record of 11-18 and 3-11 mark in SSC play. In their last eight matches, the Tars have taken their opponents to at least four sets, with three matches going a full five. Riding a four match losing streak, the Tars will look to split the season series as they welcome Lynn and Barry to Warden Arena.
Last time out against Lynn, the Tars fell to the Fighting Knights by a final score of 3-1 back on Saturday, October 22. The previous night against Barry in Miami Shores, Fla., Rollins fell to the Buccaneers in straight sets, 3-0.
Lynn enters into Friday night’s matchup riding a four match win streak, including victories over conference leaders Saint Leo and then 22nd-ranked Tampa last weekend. Barry is coming off of a 3-1 loss to Saint Leo on the road on Wednesday, November 16, but took down the Lions on Saturday, November 12 in five sets.
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