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PREVIEW: Tars Open Home Slate Friday, Play in Courtyard Marriott Classic on Saturday

PREVIEW: Tars Open Home Slate Friday, Play in Courtyard Marriott Classic on Saturday

Rollins Hosts Wilmington before Taking on Ferris St. and Drury at the University of Tampa


SCHEDULE:
Friday, August 31
vs. Wilmington (Del.) | 5:00 p.m. | Warden Arena in the Alfond Sports Center | Winter Park, Fla.

Saturday, September 1
vs. No. 4 Ferris State | 10:30 a.m. | Bob Martinez Athletics Center | Tampa, Fla.
vs. (RV) Drury | 4:45 p.m. | Bob Martinez Athletics Center | Tampa, Fla.

RANKINGS:
AVCA Division II Coaches Poll Top 25: Week 1 Poll | August 27, 2018 

LIVE COVERAGE:
Friday Live Coverage:  Live Stats | Tars Sports Network
Saturday Live Coverage:  Courtyard Marriott/Terrace Hotel Volleyball Classic Home Page | Live Stats | Video 

MOBILE GAME PROGRAM:
RollinsSports.com/GameDay 

SET UP:
Entering into their second weekend of regular season competition, the Rollins volleyball team is set to face a trio of opponents over two days.  The Tars begin by hosting Wilmington (Del.) on Friday, August 31, at 5 p.m., and then travel to the University of Tampa to take part in the Courtyard Marriott/Terrace Hotel Volleyball Classic where they will face Drury University as well as No. 4 Ferris State.  Live coverage of the events is available through TarsStats.com, as well as RollinsSportsLive.com. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
After their opening weekend which saw them play four matches in two days, the Tars hold onto a record of 1-3 on the season, having defeated Lake Superior State while falling to Clarion as well as Wayne State, and defending National Champion and then top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul.  The Tars are led in kills by senior Rachel Fletcher who as amassed 27 so far this season.  Sophomore Leslie Seda has earned 19 kills, followed closely by Kerra Tirado with 18, and Candace Doxey and Sam Schlesman with 17 apiece.  Tirado holds onto a team best .169 hitting percentage, while Fletcher leads the squad with 1.93 kills per set.  Splitting time at setter have been sophomore Sarah Konemann and freshman Rebecca Kuehn, with Konemann dishing out 44 assists, and Kuehn leading the team with 48 as she averages 3.43 per set.  Freshman Jessika Linnemeyer has amassed a team best 66 digs in four matches, averaging 4.71 per set, followed by Seda with 45, and Fletcher with 44.  Yet another freshman leads the team in another statistical category, as Doxey has put up a total of 22 blocks so far this season, followed closely by Tirado with 21.  Putting up the team's lone solo block so far this season is Kuehn with one. 

Wilmington:
After narrowly missing out on the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament last season, the Wilmington University volleyball team will look to make the leap back into the postseason this year and were ranked fifth in the South Division of the 2018 CACC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll. The Wildcats finished tied for fourth in the South Division last year with a 10-9 CACC record, but fell in a tiebreaker to Goldey-Beacom to narrowly miss the postseason. The Wildcats finished 14-18 overall in 2017. Four games into their 2018 campaign, the Wildcats hold onto an overall record of 1-3, having defeated Texas A&M International while falling to Grand Valley State, California University of Pennsylvania, and LIU Post.  Sophomore Mandy Behiels leads the team with 37 kills, followed by junior Rebecca Rawlinson with 33. 

Ferris State:
After opening their 2018 season with an impressive showing that included defeating defending National Champion and then top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul, the Ferris State Bulldogs vaulted 17 spots to sit at No. 4 on the first AVCA Division II Coaches Poll of the season.  The Bulldogs climbed 17 spots from their #21 preseason ranking following a perfect 4-0 mark over two nationally-ranked teams, as well as two teams that received votes on the AVCA DII National Poll. Junior outside hitter Allyson Cappel leads the team after four matches with 65, followed by Mekayla Carey with 45, and Katie O'Connell with 35.  Junior setter Maeve Grimes has taken charge at the position, earning 159 of the team's 178 total assists so far this season.  Carey has earned a team best seven service aces, while Katie Placek has amassed a team best 70 digs, followed by Cappel with 54.  In total blocks, the Bulldogs are led by Samantha Hermann with 16, while Carey has put up 14 while leading the team in solo blocks with three.

Drury:
The Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason volleyball coaches' poll picked Drury to finish ninth in the 2018 league race.  The Panthers returned 13 letter winners from last year's team that finished 19-12 and 8-10 in the GLVC.  Head coach Jenifer Bahner officially entered her fifth season as the Panthers head coach in 2018, and has led the team to four straight winning seasons, the first such streak for the program since 1987-1991.  After their opening weekend, Drury holds onto a record of 3-1, which includes victories over Missouri Southern State, as well as then fourth-ranked Florida Southern, and then 14th-ranked Arkansas Tech.  The Panthers' lone loss came at the hands of then No. 22 University of Central Missouri in their season opener.  With four matches under their belts, the Panthers are led by Bentley Mara with 54 kills, followed by Emmalee Chrest with 37.  Kendra Sater leads the team with 137 assists, averaging 10.54 per set.  Bree Schmidt holds onto a team best 79 digs, while Kayla Allison as earned 49.  Taylor Forth leads the Panthers in blocks with 16, while Mara and Evan Larson have earned 12 each.  Larson leads the team in solo blocks with two.

NEXT:
The Tars open Sunshine State Conference play on Friday, September 7, when they host Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Warden Arena in the Alfond Sports Center.  Game time against the Eagles is slated for 7 p.m.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person can follow all of the action live with live stats on TarsStats.com, as well as with a live broadcast on the Tars Sports Network.

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