WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 19, 2016) – The Rollins volleyball team made their final match of their 2016 campaign count, earning a hard-fought five set victory over Barry University in thrilling fashion. Both teams traded blows to enter into a hotly contested fifth set, but the Tars edged out the competition by a final Set 5 score of 15-13, snapping a five match skid and sending off seniors Katlyn Sawyer and Kate Stefanski on a high note on Senior Day.
Rollins closes out the year with a record of 12-19 and 4-12 in Sunshine State Conference play, while Barry ends their regular season with a mark of 16-14 and 7-9 in SSC action.
Bri Civiero led the way for the Tars with 14 kills on the night, followed by Stefanski and Shannon McDonough with 11 apiece. Katlyn Sawyer posted five kills of her own, notching a season high in the final match of her collegiate career, while MaryBethany Vincent tallied a new career high in kills with nine, earning a new personal best in hitting percentage with .333. Cassidy Cason dished out 45 of the Tars’ 53 assists on the night, followed by junior Rebecca Wilson with five. Civiero led the team in digs with 18, followed closely by Wilson with 17, Sawyer with 14, and Jaime Becker with 11. Rollins threw up a season high team total of 16.0 blocks on the night, led by Vincent with 10. Sam Schlesman and Stefanski each put up six blocks on the day, followed by Civiero with five of her own.
Barry was led Genesis Castillo and Jaeda Allen with 14 kills each, while Jenny Trinidad and Juliana Tirabassi split assists with 30 and 25, respectively. Kat Espinosa earned a match high 31 digs, followed by Allen with 11 for a double-double. Barry put up 7.0 blocks as a team, and were led by Kristina Filimonova with a team high six on the night.
- Kate Stefanski made the final match of her college career count, and was one kill shy of matching a season high. The Oswego, Ill. native posted 11 kills and a season high five digs on the night, while adding six blocks.
- Katlyn Sawyer made her Senior Day count, posting five kills on 22 total attacks, both a season high. The Rochester, Ind. Native posted 14 digs on the day, two digs shy of matching her career high which she set against Eckerd College on November 15, 2016. She also put up one block on the night.
- Cassidy Cason put up a new career high in total attacks with 10 on the night, and matched a collegiate best four kills, which she first set back on September 3, 2016 in the Tars’ matchup with Westminster.
- Bri Civiero matched a personal best in block assists with five, matching her previous high which was set against Palm Beach Atlantic on October 10, 2015.
- MaryBethany Vincent earned a new career high in kills in a match with nine, total attacks with 21, and attack percentage earning a .333 on the night. The Atlanta, Ga. native also put up a new career high in blocks with 10, which puts her in a tie for 12th in program record books for blocks in a match.
- The Tars posted a season high team total of 16.0 blocks on the day
- The match saw the score tied 20 times, including eight times in Set 5, as well as six different lead changes.
COACH ROBINSON’S THOUGHTS:
“Tonight’s game was such an incredible culmination of all that this group has worked towards this fall. I could not be happier for our seniors to send them out with a win as well as great individual performances by both of them. They have meant so much to this team and have consistently given their all day in and day out to make Rollins Volleyball better. There is no question that they have left an incredible legacy on and off the court of what it means to represent yourself, your team, and your school in a first class manner. We will miss them greatly, but we will certainly build on all that they have given to this program."
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