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PREVIEW: Volleyball Takes to the Road for Two SSC Match-Ups

PREVIEW: Volleyball Takes to the Road for Two SSC Match-Ups

Tars Set to Face Off Against Nova Southeastern and No. 3 PBA


SCHEDULE:
Friday, September 21
vs. Nova Southeastern | 7:00 p.m. | Rick Case Arena | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Saturday, September 22
vs. No. 3 Palm Beach Atlantic | 4:00 p.m. | Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla.

RANKINGS:
AVCA Division II Coaches Poll Top 25: Week 4 | September 17, 2018

SSC STANDINGS:
2018 Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Standings

LIVE COVERAGE:
Live Stats | Tars Sports Network on the SSC Digital Network 

SET UP:
The Rollins volleyball team takes to the road this weekend to play the first two games of a five match road stretch.  The Tars enter into the weekend with a record of 3-8 and 1-3 against SSC opponents so far this season and are set to take on both Nova Southeastern and third-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic.  The match-ups this weekend will mark the first time the teams will have met this season.  Game time against the Sharks is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday night in Rick Case Arena, followed by a 4 p.m. Saturday matinee against the Sailfish in Rubin Arena to close out the weekend. Live coverage is available with live stats on TarsStats.com as well as live video broadcasts on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsLive.com.

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
The Tars will be entering this weekend with a record of 3-8 and 1-3 against SSC opponents so far this season.  Last time out, senior Rachel Fletcher earned a career milestone as she reached 1,000 digs as the Tars took on Eckerd College on Saturday, September 15.  With a total of 11 matches and 38 total sets under their belts, Fletcher leads the team with 85 kills so far this season, averaging 2.24 per set.  Sophomore Leslie Seda follows close behind with 66 kills, averaging 1.74 per set.  In total, seven different Tars have earned double-digit kill totals this season, with Kerra Tirado adding 57, Sam Schlesman earning 53, and Candace Doxey, Madison Jenkins, and Haley Driscoll tallying 35, 16, and 15, respectively.  Currently leading the team in digs is freshman Jessika Linnemeyer with 139 and Fletcher with 130.  Sophomore Sarah Konemann has dished out a team leading 181 assists so far this season, followed by freshman Rebecca Kuehn with 105.  Schlesman and Tirado lead the team in blocks so far this season, with Schlesman earning a team best 38 total blocks, and Tirado tallying 37 total, including a team best three solo blocks.

Nova Southeastern:
Led by head coach Jennifer King, the Sharks enter this weekend with a record of 2-10 and 0-5 against SSC opponents in the season.  King was named the Sharks' 11th coach in program history in January of 2014 and has accumulated a record of 50-67 overall and 23-45 against SSC opponents in four seasons. The Sharks are coming off of a 3-1 (20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 14-25) loss to Lynn on Tuesday, September 18. NSU is currently in last place in the SSC standings, and is the only team in the conference to not have won an SSC match so far this season. Leading the team in kills is Denvyr Tyler-Palmer with 136 in 40 sets played, averaging 3.40 kills per set.  May Patterson follows with 80 kills, averaging 2.16 per set.  Samantha Blasko has been the primary setter, earning 253 assists and averaging 6.33 per set, followed by Caylee Cox with 105 assists for an average of 3.05 per set.  Off the serve, Megan Burns has earned a team best 19 aces, while Cox has tallied 10 of her own.  Burns also leads the team in digs with 205, averaging 5.13 per set, followed by Tyler-Palmer with 118.  Leading the team in total blocks is Leslie Atherton with 23, including 19 assisted and four solo blocks, while Tyler-Palmer has earned 19, including two solo stops.  Maddie Uilk and Sydney Lemon lead the team in solo blocks with five apiece.

Palm Beach Atlantic:
Under the guidance of first year head coach Doug Walters, the Sailfish enter into the weekend slate holding onto sole possession first place within the SSC standings after taking down Barry by a score of 3-1 (25-21, 15-25, 27-25, 25-20) on Tuesday evening, handing the Buccaneers their first loss of the season and staying undefeated themselves.  Walters was named head coach of the Sailfish on April 10, 2018 after spending 10 years leading Cedarville University in Ohio.  PBA currently sits third on the AVCA Division II Coaches Poll and holds onto an undefeated record of 13-0 and 5-0 in SSC action.  Leading the way is Amber Rowoldt with 183 kills in 49 sets played, averaging 3.73 kills per set.  Close behind is Raegan Grooms with 166 kills, while Maddie Span has earned 104.  Molly Burkhardt leads the team in assists with 560, averaging 11.20 per set.  As a team, the Sailfish have amassed 74 total aces, led by Grooms with 18, and Lilly Turner with 15.  Turner has tallied a team best 246 digs, averaging 4.92 per set, while Burkhardt follows with 149 as she averages 2.98 per set.  The Sailfish are a force to be reckoned with at the net, earning a total of 123 blocks as a team.  Leading the way is Span with 62 blocks this season, including 53 block assists and a team-leading nine solo blocks.  Jennie Anderson has earned a team best 56 assisted bocks and has notched a total of 60 total on the season as she has added four solo stops.

NOTES:

  • Friday's match marks the first of a five-game stretch where the Tars play on the road.  Rollins returns to Warden Arena on Friday, October 5, when they host Saint Leo at 7 p.m.
  • Rollins leads the all-time series with the Sharks, 24-14.
  • Last time out against Nova Southeastern, the Tars fell in straight sets (26-28, 18-25, 20-25) on November 10, 2017 in Warden Arena.
  • Last time out against the Sailfish, the Tars earned a set against then fourth-ranked PBA, but fell in four, (17-25, 26-24, 16-25, 22-25) on October 17 in Rubin Arena.

NEXT:

The Tars close out the month of September with another road trip to South Florida, this time taking on Barry University and Lynn University.  Game time against the Bucs is set for 7 p.m. in Miami Shores, Fla., on Friday, September 28, with a 4 p.m. start to follow on Saturday, September 29 against the Fighting Knights.  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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