WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 31, 2019) - Rollins fell to the conference leader Lynn Fighting Knights in four sets for the second time this season after dropping their home match on Halloween night.
Head Coach Mika Robinson couldn't have asked for a better start from her girls as they took the first set, 25-17. The Tars posted 12 kills at a .270 percentage with only two errors, and also displayed a defensive prowess rarely seen this season. Rollins tallied seven total blocks in the set, including three block assists from Alexis Yeager and a solo effort from Abby Harbinson. Erin Burke, Riley Spurlin, Marlee Johnson and Yeager all tallied multiple kills to lead the offensive charge. Lynn came into the game with a .250 team hitting percentage; the Tars limited them to a .050 mark in the first set.
The second set was almost a complete reversal for the two teams. Lynn found their groove and totaled 14 kills at a .333 clip, while Rollins was limited to nine kills at .061. Seven attack errors proved costly for the Tars, as well as the fialure to convert on the sideout. Rollins was 9-24 on the sideout for a 37.5%, one of their lowest marks of the season. The defense was only able to add one block (a solo by Candace Doxey) as the Fighting Knights attack was too much in a 25-14 win for Lynn.
Unfortunately for the Tars, set three was closer to set two than the first. Lynn continued their ominance at the net, converting 14 kills at a whopping .444 clip for the easy win. Rollins only managed eight kills of their own, half of which were credited to Spurlin.
The fourth and final set of the night was a nailbiter. The two teams traded blows all the way to the end before Lynn took the ste 26-24. The Rollins frontline rediscovered themselves and totaled another eight total blocks in the set, including two each from Harbinson, Doxey and Yeager. The defense kept the Tars in the game, but they could not quite get to the finish line. Rollins and Lynn found themselves tied at 24, but a ballhandling errors and a kill from Victoria Macaluso wrapped it up for the Knights.
Spurlin was the top attacker with a dozen kills at a .333 percentage. Erin Burke did it on both ends, with eight kills and two block assists. Yeager ended the evening with five block asists, and the Tars finished with 16 total as a team, a new season high. With the loss, Rollins falls to 7-16 while Lynn moves to 20-4.
Rollins has one more home game this week. On Saturday afternoon, the Tars will host the Nova Southeastern Sharks at the Alfond Sports Center. Start time is scheduled for 4 pm. Fans who cannot attend can watch the action live on the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network, and also follow live stats. Stay up to date on the latest Tars news, schedules, and information at RollinsSports.com, and be sure to follow #TARnation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.