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PREVIEW: Tars Return to Warden Arena for Weekend of SSC Action

PREVIEW: Tars Return to Warden Arena for Weekend of SSC Action

Rollins Hosts Saint Leo and Florida Southern in Upcoming Weekend Slate


SCHEDULE:

Friday, October
Vs. Saint Leo | 7:00 p.m. | Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.

Saturday, October 6
Vs. (RV) Florida Southern | 4:00 p.m. | Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.

RANKINGS:
AVCA Division II Coaches Poll Top 25: Week 6 | October 1, 2018

SSC STANDINGS:
2018 Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Standings

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

SET UP:
After five straight road games, the Rollins volleyball team is ready be back in Warden Arena as they prepare for two home games this weekend. The Tars enter into the weekend with a record of 3-13 and 1-8 against Sunshine State Conference opponents so far this season, and are set to take on both Saint Leo and Florida Southern, who received votes on this week's AVCA DII Poll. The match-ups this weekend will be the first time the teams have met this season. Game time against the Lions is set for 7 p.m. on Friday night, followed by a 4 p.m. game against the Mocs.  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 enter into the weekend with a record of 3-13, and 1-8 in Sunshine State Conference action.  Rollins is currently 2-2 when playing in Warden Arena.  After 16 matches and 53 sets played, the Tars are led in kills by Rachel Fletcher, who has amassed 95 on the season.  Sam Schlesman follow swith 83, while Leslie Seda and Kerra Tirado have earned 80 and 78, respectively.  After seeing some time away from competition due to injury, Sarah Konemann made her return earlier this week against Florida Tech, and holds onto a team best 197 assists, while freshman Rebecca Kuehn has earned 182 assists so far this season.  Both Rachel Fletcher and Leslie Seda have notched a team best 14 aces apiece.  Leading the team in digs is Fletcher with 179, while freshman Jessika Linnemeyer has amassed 169.  Seda follows next with 131 digs of her own.  Rollins has put up 94 total blocks as a team, and out-block their opponents 94-to-81.  Leading the way at the net is Schlesman with 44 total, as she has earned 42 assisted blocks and two solo blocks.  Kerra Tirado holds onto a team best three solo blocks, and sits second on the team in total blocks as she has added 40 assisted.

Saint Leo:
Under the guidance of Interim Head Coach Erik Peterson, the Lions enter into the weekend with a record of 8-9 and an SSC mark of 5-4, and currently sit sixth in SSC standings.  Leading the Lions in Kills is Ashley Quero with 171, while Victoria Omoregie has earned 149.  Cassandra Kamien has amassed a team best 497 assists in 62 sets played, averaging 8.02 per set, while Reggie Vandevender has notched 161 in 61 sets for an average of 2.64.  Vandevender leads the Lions in aces with 20.  Payton Bellano has tallied a team best 207 digs so far this year, while Vandevender has totaled 189.  In blocks, Annabella Arcari has earned 47 total, including a team high 11 solo blocks.

Florida Southern:
With an overall record of 11-6, and 6-3 in SSC play, the Florida Southern Moccasins will make the trip to Winter Park after facing eighth-ranked Tampa on Friday night.  The Mocs, who received votes on this week's AVCA DII Coaches Poll, are riding a five-match win streak, including a 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 25-19) win over then ninth-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday, September 28.  Senior Nicole Mattson leads the Mocs in kills with 295, followed by Rachael Martin with 163.  Bethany Besancenez has earned a team best 693 assists, averaging 10.83 per set.  Senior Gabby Fresh has amassed a team high 315 digs, followed by Mattson with 231.  Freshman Tierra Porter has put up a team best 75 blocks, including a team high 11 solo blocks, while averaging 1.17 blocks per set.

NOTES:

  • Rollins and Florida Southern have matched up 97 times since their first meeting on October 13, 1976.  The Mocs lead the all-time series, 89-8.
  • Last time out against Florida Southern, Rollins was defeated by the Mocs, who earned their 13th straight win with a 3-1 (9-25, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25) victory over the Tars on November 4, 2017 in Lakeland.
  • The last time out against the Lions, a Rollins squad plagued with injuries fell in straight set (13-25, 11-25, 14-25) on October 28, 2017 in Warden Arena.
  • Florida Southern enters into the weekend sitting fourth in SSC standings, while the Lions sit sixth, and Rollins checks in at No. 11.
  • The Tars are 2-2 when playing on their home court.
  • The Tars' last victory was back on Saturday, September 8.  Since then, the Tars have played six away games and only one home game to close out the month of September and open up October.

NEXT:
Rollins takes to the road once again, traveling to Daytona Beach, Fla. to take on Embry-Riddle in SSC play.  Game time against the Eagles is set for 7 p.m.  Fans who are unable to attend the matches will be able to follow all of the action with live stats on TarsStats.com, as well as with video on the Tars Sports Network on RollinsSportsLive.com.

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