LAKELAND, Fla. (November 7, 2019) - The Rollins Tars took Florida Southern to the brink on Thursday night, but were unable to capture the win, falling to the Mocs in five sets.
The Mocs came out ready to strike in the first set. After the teams swapped points to make it 5-4 in favor of Florida Southern, they went on a massive run, scoring 11 of the next 12 points to take a commanding 16-5 lead. Rollins fought hard to stay in the set, helped by a five-point run in the middle of the match, but were not able to complete the comeback. Candace Doxey led the way with three of the Tars eleven kills in the set.
Rollins was able to control the second set, thanks to a 15-kill effort from the team as well as eight errors by the Mocs. The second set was tight throughout, but a handful of mini runs by Rollins helped secure the win. With the score tied at 22-22, a Riley Spurlin kill, a Charlie Durbin ace and a Florida Southern attack error gave Rollins a 25-22 win. Spurlin and Harper Smith, playing in her first game since October 3rd, each had four kills to lead Rollins.
Florida Southern jumped back into the driver's seat in set three. The Tars had 40 opportunities on their attack, but were only able to manage 11 kill at a .075 rate. Eight attack errors, plus two service errors and two Mocs aces proved to be too much for Rollins to overcome. Florida Southern's Ali Travis turned in eight of her 27 kills in the third set.
The Tars were not done with their night, and they submitted their best effort of the evening in set four. With the score 13-9 in favor of the Mocs, Rollins mounted a momentum shifting comeback. After a kill from Erin Burke gave Rollins the serve, Charlie Durbin served up eight straight points for the Tars. The eight point run included two service aces, kills by Burke and Spurlin, and four Moccasin errors. Rollins was able to counter each Florida Southern comeback attempt, and pulled off the win, 25-22.
The fifth set was neck and neck throughout. Rollins was close to finishing the match comeback attempt, leading 13-11, but Florida Southern was able to score four straight points to secure the 15-13 win.
Riley Spurlin continued to impress on the attack, finishing with 18 kills at a .341 clip. Defensively, the Tars posted 15 blocks with Abby Harbinson claiming eight (two solo) and Alexis Yeager responsible for seven (two solo). Rachel Reeve also had a nice all-around game, finishing with a double-double (31 assists, 11 digs).
This was the second meeting of the season between the two squads, with Florida Southern winning the first matchup in Winter Park on October 5th as well. It was also fifth game in nine days for Rollins ... and they aren't done yet. The Tars are headed to St. Petersburg on Saturday afternoon to face off against the Eckerd Tritons. Fans who can't attend the game can watch live and follow along with live stats. Be sure to check out RollinsSports.com for the latest updates, and don't forget to follow the Tars on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.