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PREVIEW: Tars Hit the Road for Pair of Mid-Week Conference Clashes

PREVIEW: Tars Hit the Road for Pair of Mid-Week Conference Clashes

Rollins Set to Face Embry-Riddle and Eckerd for Second Time This Season


SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, October 9
At Embry-Riddle | ICI Center | Daytona Beach, Fla. | 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 11
At Eckerd | McArthur Center | St. Petersburg, Fla. | 7:00 p.m.

RANKINGS:
AVCA Division II Coaches Poll Top 25: Week 7 | October 8, 2016

SSC STANDINGS:
2018 Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Standings

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

SET UP:
After back to back home games the Rollins volleyball team hits the road once again, this time for a pair of mid-week Sunshine State Conference clashes.  The Tars will face Embry-Riddle on Tuesday, October 8, at the ICI Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., followed by a Thursday night tilt at the McArthur Center in St. Petersburg, home of the Eckerd Tritons.  Both matches will mark the second time the teams have met this season.  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:
Riding a nine-game skid, the Tars will look to get back to their winning ways this week against the Tritons and Eagles.  The Tars hold onto a record of 3-15, and 1-10 in Sunshine State Conference action, and are currently sitting 11th in SSC standings.   Rollins is currently averaging 8.85 kills per set, 8.32 assists per set, 1.71 blocks per set, and 13.98 digs per set as a team.  The Tars have played a total of 59 sets in 18 matches.  Leading the way in kills is Rachel Fletcher with 95, while Sam Schlesman and Leslie Seda follow close behind with 93 kills apiece.  Kerra Tirado has earned 88 on the season, as well, while Madison Jenkins and Candace Doxey have tallied 53 and 51, respectively.  Fletcher currently leads the team in kills per set, with 1.61, followed by Schlesman and Seda with 1.58.  Tirado currently holds onto a team best .212 hitting percentage.  Sarah Konemann has dished out 225 assists, averaging 4.79 per set, while Rebeca Kuehn has handed out 202, averaging 4.12 per set. Fletcher holds onto another team high, this time in aces, amassing 15 on the season.  Seda follows close behind with 14 aces of her own.  Fletcher also leads the team in digs with 207, while Jessika Linnemeyer has earned 176, and Seda has dug out 146.  Tirado currently leads the team with 48 blocks, including three solo blocks in 56 sets played.  Schlesman has notched 46 total blocks, and has earned a team high four solo blocks so far this year.

Embry-Riddle:
Currently on a three-match losing streak, the Embry-Riddle Eagles enter into Tuesday night's contest with a record of 11-7, and 5-6 in Sunshine State Conference action.  The Eagles currently sit sixth in SSC standings, tied with Lynn University.  ERAU has been swept in their last two matchups, falling to Barry, who had received votes at the time, as well as Lynn.  The Eagles are currently averaging 13.0 kills per set, 12.2 assists per set, 1.9 blocks per set, and 17.9 digs per set as a team.  ERAU has played a total of 62 sets in 18 matches.  Leading the way in the kills column is Erika Barbour with 242, averaging 3.9 per set.  Melanie Canfield has earned 174 kills, while McKenna James has totaled 159.  Alyssa Rudd holds onto a commanding 678 assists, averaging 10.94 per set as she has played in all 62 so far this season.  On the serve, Olivia Roa leads the Eagles with 21 aces, followed closely by Theresa Jordan with 20.  Roa leads the team in digs with 391, averaging 6.31 per set, followed by Rudd with 193, and Jordan with 186.  Sam Lanning has put up a team best 71 total bocks, including a team high seven solo blocks.  James and Jordan follow with 46 and 43, respectively.

Eckerd:
Riding a three-match losing streak, the Eckerd Tritons will face No. 8 Tampa on Tuesday evening before squaring up against the Tars on Thursday, October 11.  In their last match, Eckerd fell to Nova Southeastern by a score of 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25) on Saturday, October 6.  The Tritons currently sit eighth in SSC standings, owning a record of 8-9, and 3-7 in conference play.  As a team, Eckerd is averaging 13.5 kills per set, 12.4 assists per set, 15.8 digs per set, and 1.6 blocks per set.  The Tritons have totaled 65 sets played in 17 matches so far this season.  Leading the team in kills is Asya Harris with 182, averaging 3.37 kills per set.  Paula Hoffman has earned 163 kills, while Rachel Wisian has notched 123.  Fernanda Reis has handed out 507 assists, averaging 9.57 per set, while Lauren Kadilis has dished out 200 of her own, averaging 8.0 per set.  Arielle Erillo leads the tea with 19 aces so far this season, followed closely by Hoffman with 17.  Erillo also leads the team in digs with 311, averaging 4.78 per set, while Hoffman follows with 165.  Wisian holds onto a team best 59 blocks, including 56 block assists and three solo blocks.  Sarah Johnshoy has put up a team best five solo blocks, and is second on the team with 36 overall blocks so far this season.

NOTES:

  • Last time out against the Eagles, Rollins fell to ERAU by a final score of 3-0 (22-25, 17-25, 8-25)
  • The Tars are now 5-12 in the all-time series with the Eagles
  • The last victory Rollins earned over Embry-Riddle was on September 26, 2017, when they swept the Eagles, 3-0 (30-28, 25-14, 25-20)
  • Last time out against the Tritons, Rollins was defeated by a final score of 3-0 (22-25, 19-25, 17-25) on Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Rollins leads the all-time series against the Tritons, 54-24
  • The Tars' last victory over Eckerd was on Saturday, September 23, 2017, when they defeated the Tritons by a score of 3-2 (10-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-23)

NEXT:
Rollins prepares for the 2018 South Region Crossover, to be held at the Orlando Sports Center on October 19 and 20.  The full Crossover schedule with details on opponents and match times will be released on Sunday, October 14.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person will be able to follow all of the action with live stats available on TarsStats.com.

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