Friday, October 18
vs. Christian Brothers - 1:30 pm
Finley Center - Hoover, Ala.
Saturday, October 19
vs. Shorter - 9:00 am
vs. West Alabama - 4:45 pm
Finley Center - Hoover, Ala.
The Tars are headed to Hoover, Alabama for the 5th annual GSC/SSC South Region Crossover. All twelve teams from the Gulf South Conference, along with all eleven teams from the Sunshine State Conference and Spring Hill College from the SIAC will make up the 24-team field. Each team will play three non-conference games based on seeding that correlates to conference standings. The Tars are the #11 seed from the SSC.
Rollins: The Tars are on the wrong side of a streak, having dropped seven in a row. The losses do not paint the full picture though, as the team has been competitive in most of the sets. Without a couple of key pieces, Rollins has needed players to step up into larger roles. One of those players is Marlee Johnson, who has totaled 16 kills, three assists, a service ace, 42 digs, and three block assist in the past three matches. Candace Doxey has also played well as of late, totaling 23 kills over the same time frame. As a team, the Tars are averaging 11.54 kills, 9.91 assists, and 1.79 blocks per set on the year.
Christian Brothers: The Buccaneers sit at 4-15 on the year, and are the #9 seed out of the GSC for the event. However, they have won two of their last three matches against West Alabama and Shorter, who are Rollins' other two opponents in the crossover. Emma Lenoir and Miaya Smith are a pair of big time hitters to watch out for. Lenoir ranks 4th in the GSC in both kills (271) and kills per set (3.47), while Smith has 220 kills of her own at .312 percentage, good for 6th in the conference. Alayna Maslinski is the table setter for the Bucs, with 527 assists on the year. Smith is also the best blocker on the team, with 61 on the year, including 11 solo.
Shorter: The Hawks check in as the #12 seed from the Gulf South with a record of 6-13. One of those losses came at the hands of the Tars in the first game of the season on September 7th, when Rollins took the match 3-0. Shorter has not fared much better since then, having dropped their last eight in a row. Senior Mirella Gatterdam has been a nice piece for the Hawks, with 214 kills at .201 on the season. Rollins was able to limit her to 3 kills and a -0.77 in the first meeting between the two squads. Paris Buckner and Katherine Patrick each have more than 40 blocks on the year to lead the Shorter defense.
West Alabama: The Tigers are the #11 seed from the GSC with a 6-14 record. They recently snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-0 sweep over Valdosta State last weekend. Taylor Donato has been a bright spot for West Alabama as she leads the conference in total kills with 285, including a 30 kill effort against Franics Marion earlier this season. Outside of her though, the Tigers have not fared well. They rank near the bottom of the conference in hit percentage (.173), opponent kills (12.77/set), and blocks (1.37/set).
- Head coach Mika Robinson is in her fourth season at the helm for the Tars, and 12th overall as a head coach. Her career record sits at 198-163.
- This will be the 7th matchup between Rollins and Christian Brothers. The Tars lead the all-time series 4-2.
- This will be the 3rd matchup between Rollins and Shorter. The Tars lead the all-time series 2-0.
- This will be the 4th matchup between Rollins and West Alabama. The Tars lead the all-time series 3-0.
The Road Ahead
Rollins has two away games next week. On October 24th, they will head to Tampa to face the reigning national champion Spartans. Two days later, they will take on the Lions of Saint Leo at 4 pm.