Rollins Sweeps Eagles for Second Time in Program History; Picks Up First Home Victory of 2017
WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 26, 2017) – In a match that saw the score tied 26 times with 11 different lead changes, the Rollins volleyball team was able to sweep their opponent in thrilling action, 3-0 (30-28, 25-14, 25-20). The Tars picked up their second-straight victory and defeated Embry-Riddle in Sunshine State Conference play on Tuesday evening in Warden Arena.
Rollins advances to a record of 3-6, and 2-3 in SSC play, while the Eagles drop to 4-4, and 2-3 in the SSC. The win marks the first time the season the Tars have won back-to-back matches, and is the second time in program history that the Tars have defeated the Eagles in straight sets, with the only other sweep over the Eagles occurring on September 19, 2002, with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-24) final.
Three Tars notched double-doubles on the night, with Shannon McDonough and Cassidy Cason each earning their third straight, and Bri Civiero picking up her second of the season. McDonough tallied a match high 15 kills and added 13 digs, Civiero earned 12 kills and 14 digs, while Cason wrapped up the night with 40 assists and 10 digs. Rachel Fletcher led the team in digs with 17, while Civiero, Mary Bethany Vincent, and Sam Schlesman each put up three blocks on the evening. Kerra Tirado posted the matches lone solo block. Both Cason and Schlesman walked away with a match high three aces apiece, while Leslie Seda and Fletcher each tallied two.
The Eagles were led by McKenna James with eight kills, followed by Ella Duggan with seven, and Erika Barbour and Melanie Canfield with six apiece. Alyssa Rudd dished out a team best 28 assists, while Olivia Roa led ERAU in aces with two. Roa earned a match best 29 digs, followed by Theresa Jordan with 11. At the net, McKenna James and Rudd earned the team's only two blocks on the night.
COACH ROBINSON'S THOUGHTS:
"We have been working on becoming more consistent and playing one point at a time. I thought we did that very well tonight against a tough Embry-Riddle team. Our extremely difficult schedule during preseason is starting to pay the dividends that we had hoped that it would. It was great to be back in front of our home crowd tonight, and we hope they will come back out this weekend as we take on two more strong conference opponents."
- The win marks the first time the season the Tars have won back-to-back matches
- The victory marks the second time in program history that the Tars have defeated the Eagles in straight sets, with the only other sweep over the Eagles occurring on September 19, 2002, with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-24) final.
- Both of the Tars' sweeps over Embry-Riddle have happened on their home court in Warden Arena
- The Tars win advances the Tars in the all-time series with Embry-Riddle to 5-9 overall, and snaps a two-match skid against the Eagles.
- After hitting .123 in the first set, the Tars hit their stride the remainder of the match, hitting .458 in Set Two, and .405 in the final set.
- The Eagles hit their best in Set One, posting a .138 attack percentage, but their final two sets saw a dramatic dip, with Embry-Riddle only hitting .087 in the second set, and .205 in the final frame.
- Set One: The first set saw the score tied 17 times with eight lead changes. The Tars scored six straight mid-way through the set to take a 21-14 lead, but seven straight points by the Eagles knotted the scoreboard at 21-21. The Tars broke the run on a kill by McDonough, and after back and forth action both teams found themselves tied at 28-28. Seda gave Rollins the 29-28 edge on a kill off of a Cason assist, and the Tars took a 1-0 match lead with a big kill by Schlesman to close out the set with a final score of 30-28.
- Set Two: The second set was less dramatic, with only four tied scores, and two lead changes. Embry-Riddle led by a score of 5-2 early on, but the Tars bounced back and tied the set at 6-6 thanks to an ace by Schlesman. The Eagles took a slight advantage off of a kill by Barbour off of an assist by Rudd, but McDonough pulled the Tars even at 7-7 shortly after. Rollins took the 8-7 lead thanks to an ace by Cason, which ignited a five point run to see the Tars take a 12-7 lead. Another five point run by the Tars saw them extend their lead to 17-8, and Rollins closed out the frame by outscoring Embry-Riddle throughout the remainder of the set, 8-6 to earn the 25-14 set two victory.
- Set Three: The final set saw only one lead change, and the score tied on five occasions, with the final tie happening on a kill by Rudd to knot the scoreboard at 5-5. The Tars scored three straight to take an 8-5 lead, and never looked back as they extended their advantage to 17-11. Embry-Riddle slowly tried to whittle away at the Tars' lead, but Rollins was able to secure match point thanks to a big block by Cason and Schlesman to close out the set with a final score of 25-20.
- Date: Friday | September 29, 2017
- Opponent: Florida Southern
- Location: Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Coverage: LIVE STATS | VIDEO
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