WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 29, 2019) - The Rollins Tars turned in one of their top offensive performances this season, helping them to a 3-0 win and series sweep over the Florida Tech Panthers on Tuesday evening. Rollins swept the three-set match 25-19, 26-24, 25-23.
Rollins came out fo the gates hot in this one, scoring the first six points of the first set with Marlee Johnson holding service. After Florida Tech closed the gap to 15-14, the Tars were able to rip off four more in a row to give them a lead they would not relinquish. Riley Spurlin was an absolute force in the first set, blasting six kills. Johnson added six digs, while Rachel Reeve tallied seven assists and four digs of her own.
Florida Tech took an early lead in set two, leading 10-6. However, a nice run of serves from Abby Harbinson helped the Tars get back into the game, and take a 12-10 lead. From that point forward, neither led by more than two points as the tension arose. Rollins stayed mentally tough late in the match, and were able to match each point gained by the Panthers. Candace Doxey, Spurlin, and Erin Burke all had big points near the end of the match to help Rollins secure the 26-24 win. Burke was responsible for six kills in this one, whith Spurlin chipping in four. Rebecca Kuehn was the top setter, dishing out seven assists and four digs.
The third set was a combined team effort, with a total of eleven players seeing action. The Tars totaled 14 kills in the set in addition to three service aces from Kuehn, Alondra Rodriguez, and Harbinson. While the game was in striking distance for Florida Tech, they were never able to over come the score deficit thanks to clutch plays from the Tars. Rollins had three blocks in the set, and finished with six on the night.
Burke was phenomenal on the attach, posting 14 kills against two errors at a .364 attack percentage. Spurlin was just as effective, going for 13 kills at a .250 rate. Both ladies were sending absolute missiles over the net, putting Florida Tech in a tough spot for clean returns. Rachel Reeve finished with a double-double, tallying 25 assists and 10 digs. As a tea, the Tars were ablet o convert their attacks at a .235 clip, one of the stronger percentages of the season.
This matchup served as the annual Dig Pink game for the Tars. Teaming up with the Sideout Foundation, the Tars donned special pink jerseys that are available for purchase via auction. Proceeds from the sales of the jerseys will go to the foundation to help fund breast cancer awareness and research.
Next up for the Tars is another home contest on Thursday evening. The SSC leading Lynn Fighting Knights will make their way to Winter Park for a 7 pm matchup with Rollins. Fans who can;t make it to the game can follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network, and get the latest in-game updates on Twitter.