MELBOURNE, Fla. (September 17, 2019) – The Rollins volleyball team secured their first conference win of the season, defeating the Florida Tech Panthers on the road (25-22), (25-21), (21-25), (27-25).
The Tars, coming off a win in in their last match on Saturday, were neck-and-neck with the Panthers in the first set. Neither team held a lead of more than three points during the set. Rollins totaled 12 kills at a .265 clip, and were also aided by three service aces to give them a 25-22 win. Harper Smith had a solid run early on, recording an assist, a kill and two service aces within the first ten Rollins points. The Tars also benefitted from eight Florida Tech attack errors.
Set two was another close one, with the score remaining tied as late as 18-18. After a few back and forth swings, the Tars were able to take the second set 25-21 on late kills from Alexis Yeager, Riley Spurlin, Harper Smith and Erin Burke. Smith was solid in set two, recording five kills and a service ace. Attack errors once again plagued the Panthers, as they added nine more to their total during the set.
Florida Tech hung tough by winning set three, 25-21. Tech took advantage of ten Rollins errors to stay in the game. On the positive side of things, Rachel Reeve had a solid game, posting nine assists and a service ace. Abby Harbinson was the leading attacker with five kills.
The fourth set was another back-and-forth affair, with both teams keeping it tight throughout. Florida Tech looked like they would start pulling away when the score reached 18-13, but the Tars hung tough. After a kill by Erin Burke made the score 22-19 Tech, the Panthers committed four straight errors to give Rollins a 23-22 lead. The Tars returned the favor with two errors of their own to make it 24-23 Tech, but were able to battle back. With the score 25-25, Abby Harbinson recorded a kill off Rachel Reeve's tenth assist of the set, and then Jessika Linnemeyer sealed the win with a service ace to give Rollins a 27-25 win.
Erin Burke tallied a season-high 13 kills on an impressive .444 percentage. Abby Harbinson and Riley Spurlin had twelve each, and Harper Smith added ten of her own. For the ninth time in nine games, Rachel Reeve led the team in assists with 28.
With the win, Rollins moves to 4-5 (1-0 SSC) on the season. Their next game will be their first at home when they host the visiting Embry-Riddle Eagles on Friday evening at 7 pm. If you can't make it out to the game, be sure to follow along at RollinsSports.com.