ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (September 7, 2019) – Rollins wasted no time in making a splash to start the 2019 season, posting a pair of convincing shutouts at the Flagler Saints Invitational on Saturday.
The Tars (2-0) rolled past Southern Wesleyan with 25-21, 25-12, 25-15 set wins in the day's first match. They then beat Shorter 25-21, 25-18, 25-13 to cap the day. Rollins only trailed one time, 2-1 early in set two against Shorter, the entire day.
Against Southern Wesleyan, freshman Riley Spurlin led the way with 16 kills, hitting .652 in the match. Alexis Yeager tallied nine kills and Rachel Reeve rolled up 36 assists. Jessika Linnemeyer led the way with seven digs.
The first set was close throughout with the Tars leading 18-17 late. Led by Spurlin, Rollins outscored the Warriors 7-4 the rest of the way to grab momentum. The Tars jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the second and later led 21-9 before cruising to the win. They had Southern Wesleyan doubled up 12-6 early in the third and used an 8-1 run to close out the match.
Rollins had a balanced attack in the match-up with Shorter, led by eight kills each from Yeager and Harper Smith. Yeager also had three solo blocks and assisted on four others. Candace Doxey and Erin Burke both notched six kills. Reeve totaled 29 assists. Linnemeyer and Marlee Johnson tallied six digs apiece.
The Tars came out of the gates on fire and led 6-0 before a Shorter timeout. The lead was as many as 17-7 and Rollins held off the charging Hawks down the stretch to post the four-point, set-one win. In the second, it was Shorter that took control early and had Rollins down 10-8. The Tars then caught fire and outscored the Hawks 8-2 over the next stretch and regained control of the set.
Later in the set, Rollins led 21-18 and finished off Shorter with four-straight points on Smith's serve to take a 2-0 lead.
The final set was all Tars with Rollins leading by as many as 21-9. Smith capped the day with a big kill at the very end, improving the Tars record to 2-0.
Rollins will close the Flagler Invitational on Sunday, September 8 meeting Newberry at 2 p.m. and host Flagler at 7 p.m. Fans can catch the action live with links on RollinsSports.com.