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PREVIEW: Tars Set for Fourth Annual South Region Crossover

PREVIEW: Tars Set for Fourth Annual South Region Crossover

Rollins to Face A Trio of Gulf South Conference Opponents


SCHEDULE:
Friday, October 19
Vs. Auburn Montgomery | Orlando Sports Center | Orlando, Fla. | 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 20
Vs. Christian Brothers | Orlando Sports Center | Orlando, Fla. | 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 20
Vs. Union University | Orlando Sports Center | Orlando, Fla. | 4:45 p.m. 

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL:
2018 South Region Crossover Tournament History and Ticket Pricing
Tournament Location: Orlando Sports Center
Full Crossover Schedule and Results
 

RANKINGS:
AVCA Division II Coaches Poll Top 25: Week 8 | October 15, 2018

SSC STANDINGS:
2018 Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Standings

LIVE COVERAGE:
Live Stats  

SET UP:
The Rollins volleyball team is set to participate in the fourth annual South Region Crossover.  The Tars enter into the tournament as the No. 10 seed in the Sunshine State Conference, and will match up against the No. 12, No. 9, and No. 10 seeds from the Gulf South Conference.  Rollins opens their Crossover slate on Friday, October 19, with a 2:30 match against 12th-seeded Auburn University at Montgomery, who is in their third year as a provisional member of NCAA Division II.  The match against the Tigers is Rollins' lone game of the day, and marks the firs time the two teams will meet on the court in program history.  The Tars then jump right into action on Saturday morning with a 10 a.m. showdown against Christian Brothers University, who earned the No. 9 seed in the GSC.  In the all-time series with the Bucs, Rollins leads, 5-1.  The final match of the weekend for Rollins is a a 4:45 p.m. match-up against Union University, who earned the No. 10 seed.  Since Union announced its transition into the Division II ranks back in the spring of 2011, the Tars and Bulldogs have matched up once time, with Rollins owning the all-time series, 1-0.  Live coverage is available with live stats on TarsStats.com.

This season's crossover features a total of 24 teams – 12 from the Gulf South Conference, and 11 from the Sunshine State Conference with the addition of Spring Hill College as the 12th team.  The 24 teams will square off in a round-robin format over the course of two days, October 19 and 20, based upon overall conference seedings. 

The event will take place at the Orlando Sports Center, located at 6700 Kingspointe Pkwy Orlando, FL 32819.  For the full 2018 South Region Crossover Schedule, as well as the tournament home page with information on ticket prices, click here: 2018 South Region Crossover Home Page

Regional crossover events between the Sunshine State Conference and Gulf South Conference have been occurring for well over a decade, with past set-ups including smaller eight-team tournaments between the two conferences, as well as larger events where teams from both conferences were hosted at separate locations based on overall seedings.

The current one-of-a-kind event that fans know and love today, with both the SSC and GSC teams all under one roof for a multi-day tournament, kicked off in 2015 when it was held at the Coliseum on the campus of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga.  The multi-day round robin tournament in 2015 was the first of its kind, and featured 22 teams in total - 11 from the GSC, as well the nine members from them SSC plus then-provisional members Palm Beach Atlantic and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Each team played three matches over the course of two days, with a maximum of four matches being played at one time. 

For a full recap of previous South Region Crossover Events, click on the links located here:  https://bit.ly/2CISLrU

WHO TO WATCH:

Rollins:
Riding an 11-game skid, the Tars will look to get back to their winning ways this weekend at the fourth annual South Region Crossover.  The Tars hold onto a record of 3-17, and 1-12 in Sunshine State Conference action, and are currently sitting 11th in SSC standings.   Rollins is currently averaging 8.72 kills per set, 8.17 assists per set, 1.74 blocks per set, and 14.02 digs per set as a team.  The Tars have played a total of 65 sets in 20 matches.  Leading the way in kills is Leslie Seda with 106, while Sam Schlesman has earned 99 and Kerra Tirado and Rachel Fletcher have notched 97 and 95, respectively.  Seda currently leads the team in kills per set with 1.63, while Tirado averages 1.56, and Madison Jenkins notches an average of 1.54 per set.  Sarah Konemann has dished out 237 assists, averaging 4.31 per set, while Rebeca Kuehn has handed out 225, averaging 4.59 per set. Fletcher holds onto a team high in aces with 18, followed by Seda with 14 and Jessika Linnemeyer with 14.  Fletcher also leads the team in digs with 230, while Jessika Linnemeyer has earned 190, and Seda has dug out 157.  Tirado currently leads the team with 56 blocks, including three solo blocks in 56 sets played.  Schlesman has notched 50 total blocks, and has earned a team high six solo blocks so far this year.

Auburn Montgomery:
Under the guidance of head coach Melissa Robinson, the Warhawks enter into this weekend with an overall record of 9-14 and 0-11 in the Gulf South Conference. The Warhawks are coming off of a 3-1 loss against Union University on Saturday October 13th. Auburn Montgomery is currently in last place in the Gulf South Conference standings, and is the only team in their conference to not have won a conference game so far this season. Leading the team in kills is Sommer Rhea with 180 so far this season. Brianna Garvin follows with 153, averaging 2.39 per set, followed by Nyah Whittlesey with 118. Carly Smart leads the team with 494 assists and is averaging 6.86 per set, followed by Payton Traff with 110 assists with an average of 4.07 per set.  Smart also leads the team in digs this season with 178, averaging 2.47 per set, followed closely by Sommer Rhea with 172, and Emily Ward with 160.  Brianna Garvin has put up a team best 52 blocks, including a blistering team high 23 solo blocks.  Behind her, Jaylyn Felder has earned 32 total blocks this season, followed by Whittlesey with 25.

Christian Brothers:
Led by head coach In-Sik Hwang, the Buccaneers enter the weekend with an overall record of 10-14 and 3-8 in the Gulf South Conference. The Buccaneers are coming off of a 3-0 loss against #13 West Florida on Saturday October 13th. Christian Brothers University currently sits 9th in the Gulf South Conference standings. Emma Lenoir leads the team in kills with 357 and averaging 4.20 per set, followed by Miaya Smith with 290 kills averaging 3.19 per set.  Mollie Wadsworth has notched 220 kills of her own. Joze Smith leads the team in digs with 254 and averaging 2.79 per set, following close behind is Emma Lenoir with 226 digs with 2.66 per set, and Blythe Clausen with 216, averaging 2.37 per set. Alexa Henderson has been a primary setter with 531 assists and averaging 5.84 per set, followed by Anna Graziosi with 394 assists and averaging 4.33 per set.  Smith holds onto a team best 66 blocks, including 55 block assists and 11 solo blocks.  Gennah Schoen leads the Bucs in solo blocks with 13, and is second on the team in overall blocks with 55.

Union University (TN):
Led by head coach Darrin McClure, the Bulldogs are entering this weekend with an overall record of 5-20 and a conference record of 2-9 in the Gulf South Conference. Unions is coming off of a 3-0 loss against Harding university on Tuesday, October 16th.  The Bulldogs currently sit 10th in the Gulf South Conference standings. Meghan Delaney leads the team with 216 kills on the season and averaging 2.51 per set, followed by Delaney Peterson with 139 kills and averaging 1.60 per set, and Christa Karns with 130 kills. Rebecca Sexton is dominating the team in assists with 577 on the season thus far while averaging 6.56 per set, following her is Claressa Kohler with 163 assists with an average of 2.33 per set. Abbie Rahn leads with 258 digs while averaging 3.19 per set, while Meghan Delaney has amassed 217 digs while averaging 2.52 per set.  Kristen Bukowsky leads the team with 88 total blocks, including a team best nine solo blocks, which is matched by Karns.  Karns has added 69 block assists for a total of 78 so far this season, while Peterson has earned 67 total, including eight solo blocks. 

NOTES:

  • Friday afternoon's matchup against the Auburn University at Montgomery Warhawks marks the first time the two teams will meet in program history.  Currently in their third year of NCAA Division II Provisional Status, AUM will look to become a full fledged member of DII in the 2019-20 academic year.  As a provisional member, the Warhawks play a full Gulf South Conference schedule, but are not yet eligible to compete in GSC or NCAA postseason events.
  • The Tars and Christian Brothers Buccaneers first matched up on October 28, 1988, with Rollins earning a sweep over the Bucs in St. Louis, Mo.  Since that match, Rollins has won five of the six contests. The most recent showdown with CBU resulted in the Tars earning a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-13, 28-26) on October 14 at the 2017 South Region Crossover held in Hoover, Ala.
  • Last time out against the Union University Bulldogs, Rollins picked up a convincing 3-0 win on Friday, October 17, 2014.  Rollins earned the 25-16, 25-15, 25-12 sweep on their home court in Warden Arena in a 2014 Crossover that was held at both Rollins and Florida Southern.

NEXT:
Rollins has a quick turnaround after this weekend's Crossover as they will host Tampa on Tuesday, October 23.  Game time against the Spartans is set for 7:00 p.m. in Warden Arena.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSportslive.com, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

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