Three Tars Notch Double-Digit Kill Counts
WINTER PARK, Fla. (August 31, 2018) – After finding themselves bested by Wilmington University (Del.) in the opening set, the Rollins volleyball team rallied to win the final three, claiming a 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21) victory over the Wildcats on Friday evening in Warden Arena. The triumph opens the Tars' home schedule on a high note, and advances their record to 2-3 on the season, while the Wildcats drop to 2-4 overall.
The Tars saw three players notch double-digit kill counts, led by senior Rachel Fletcher with 12. Sophomore Leslie Seda, and senior Kerra Tirado earned 11 and 10, respectively. Sophomore setter Sarah Konemann notched a team high 25 assists, while freshman Rebecca Kuehn dished out 19. Fletcher led the team in service aces with two, while Seda, Konemann, and Kuehn each tallied one. The team spread out coverage on defense, with freshman Jessika Linnemeyer leading the team in digs with nine, followed closely by Seda and Fletcher with eight apiece, and Kuehn with seven. Rollins put up nine blocks on the night as a team, led by Haley Driscoll and Tirado with three apiece. Driscoll earned three assisted blocks, while Tirado put up a solo stop and two block assists, earning the team's lone solo stop of the match.
Opening their trip to the Sunshine State with an 11 a.m. match against Florida Tech earlier in the day, the Wilmington University Wildcats squared up against a hungry Rollins roster that was ready to impress in front of an electric crowd. Wilmington hit their best in the opening set, but saw their hitting percentages drop drastically in the final three stanzas. Bailey Andrews was the lone Wildcat to earn a kill count in the double figures, amassing 12 on the night. Miranda Shaw led the team with 25 assists, followed by Jill Braunsberg with 16. Three Wildcats tallied aces on the night, as Rebecca Rawlinson, Jenna Brown, and Genevieve Hughes all earned a point off of a serve. Brown led the team with 12 digs, while Caroline Wise put up a match best five blocks to help the team to 13 on the night.
COACH ROBINSON'S THOUGHTS:
"We were very happy with our team's offensive efficiency today, which was a big improvement over last weekend. Wilmington did a nice job putting pressure on us with their offense, and we will be looking to bring a bigger blocking presence in our games tomorrow. Of course, it was wonderful to get a win in our home opener with a great crowd, and we hope it was a glimpse of the excitement this group will bring this year."
- The Wildcats opened up the match hitting .435 in the first set compared to the Tars' .200, however, the tables turned in the final three stanzas, with the Tars outhitting their opponent in all three frames, .375 to .257 in Set 2, .519 to .167 in Set 3, and .400 to .231 in the fourth set. On the night, Rollins bested Wilmington in overall hitting percentage, .370 to .269.
- The last time the Tars won their home opener was on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, when the Tars defeated Flagler by a score of 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 25-27, 25-21).
- Tonight's matchup marks the first time the two teams have met on the court.
- Date: Saturday | September 1, 2018
- Opponents: No. 4 Ferris State and Drury
- Invitational: Courtyard Marriott Classic
- Location: Bob Martinez Athletics Center | Tampa, Fla.
- Times: 10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
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