Rollins Prepares to Take on Barry and Nova Southeastern
Friday, October 6 vs. Barry | 7:00 p.m. | Health and Sports Center – Miami Shores, Fla.
Saturday, October 7 vs. Nova Southeastern | 4:00 p.m. | Rick Case Arena – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Coming off of a 3-1 victory over the University of Tampa that marked the first time since 2010 that the Tars have defeated the Spartans, the Rollins volleyball team is traveling south to square up against Barry University and Nova Southeastern University in a weekend slate. The Tars are set to face Barry in a 7 p.m. Friday night matchup, and will conclude their weekend road trip with a 4 p.m. showdown against the Sharks on Saturday. Fans who are unable to attend the matches this week will be able to follow all of the action with free video on the Tars Sports Network thanks to the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network, as well as live stats provided by both Barry and Nova Southeastern.
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With 11 matches played this season, the Tars enter into the weekend with a record of 4-7 and 3-4 in SSC action. In true away contests, Rollins sits 1-1 overall. In 39 total sets played, seniors Bri Civiero and Shannon McDonough lead the team with 148 and 144 kills, respectively. Rachel Fletcher leads the team in digs with 130, followed by McDonough with 113 and Civiero with 105. Cassidy Cason enters into the weekend with a team high 400 assists, followed by Fletcher with 17. Mary Bethany Vincent leads the team in total blocks with 33, and has posted a team best 31 assisted blocks in 35 sets played. Junior Kerra Tirado leads the team in solo blocks, having earned seven in 31 sets played.
The Buccaneers enter into Friday night's match with a record of 4-3 and 2-3 in SSC standings, and are currently 0-2 when playing on their home court. Jaeda Allen leads the team with 71 kills in 24 total sets played, followed by Kristina Filimonova with 61, Genesis Castillo with 44, and Johanna Voss with 43. Juliana Tirabassi leads the Bucs with 134 assists, while Nathaly Alvarez has earned 87. Allen and Tirabassi lead the team in digs with 74 and 67, respectively, followed by Gabriela Jansen with 52. Filimonova leads the squad with 20 total blocks, including a team best 17 assisted blocks. Both Filimonova and Brittany Reynolds have put up a team high three solo blocks apiece so far this season.
The Sharks will take on Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday night before squaring up against the Tars on Saturday afternoon. Entering into the weekend, Nova Southeastern is currently 4-6 overall, and 2-4 against SSC opponents. On their home court, the Sharks are currently 2-5 on the season. Denvyr Tyler-Palmer leads the team so far with 180 kills, averaging 4.86 kills per set. Maya Patterson has amassed 67 kills so far this season, followed by Maddie Uilk with 56, and Nicole Rivera with 52. Rivera leads the team in assists with 229, followed by Samantha Blasko with 98. The Sharks are led in digs by Megan Burns with 195, followed by Tyler-Palmer with 113. Jane Early leads the team in total blocks with 35, all of which have been assisted, while Tyler-Palmer leads the team in solo blocks with three.
- Rollins and Barry have matched up 60 times in program history, with the Tars trailing the overall series, 25-35.
- Last time out against the Bucs, the Tars earned a hard fought five set victory in Warden Arena (25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-13) on November 19, 2016 to close out their regular season schedule on a high note.
- Rollins and Nova Southeastern have matched up 37 times in program history, with the Tars leading the overall series, 24-13.
- Last time out against the Sharks, Rollins defeated NSU in five sets (25-17, 22-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-11) in Rick Case Arena on November 5, 2016.
The Rollins volleyball team returns to action when they travel to Hoover, Alabama, for the 2017 South Regions Crossover. All eleven Sunshine State Conference teams will compete against members of the Gulf South Conference during the two-day event. Matches will be played October 13-14 at the Finley Center. Seeding for the crossover will be determined at a later date. Since the event began in 2015, the SSC has won 55 of the 66 South Region Crossover matches. Links to live coverage will be available on RollinsSports.com when they become available.
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