HOOVER, Ala. (October 19, 2019) - With a pair of victories on Saturday, Rollins head coach Mika Robinson achieved a personal milestone, notching career wins 199 and 200 as the Tars were able to defeat Shorter University and West Alabama University at the GSC/SSC crossover.
Rollins began their day with a 3-0 sweep of the Shorter Hawks, which snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Tars. They were tested early in set one, but were able to hold on for a 26-24 win. Rollins benfitted from another strong performance from freshman Riley Spurlin as well as sloppy play from the Hawks, who committed seven attack errors on .069 and two service errors. Spurlin tallied five kills in the first set.
The Tars defense did a masterful job in sets two and three. In the two sets combined, the Hawks were only able to tally 13 total kills, and their hitting percentage was .000. For the match, Rollins teamed up for ten blocks including three from Alexis Yeager and two each from Abby Harbinson, Marlee Johnson and Spurlin. Rollins also switched to a 6-2 formation in this game, leading to extended minutes for Rebecca Kuehn. The sophomore did well in her role, with 14 assists, four digs and a service ace.
The next match for Rollins was a true test of grit. Facing the West Alabama Tigers, the Tars fell behind after dropping set one by a score of 25-20, and set two by a score of 25-23. They were able to turn things around in set three of the match thanks to four service aces and a powerful showing from the front court of Candace Doxey, Erin Burke, Abby Harbinson, Riley Spurlin and Alexis Yeager. The Tars totaled 14 kills in the set, and won 25-18.
Set four was a nailbiter, with 27 points needed for the win. Facing elimination with a score of 24-25, the Tars received three straight kills from Rachel Reeve, Harbinson and Spurlin to capture the win. Rollins recorded 18 kills in the set, one of their highest totals of the season. They were also aided by four West Alabama attack errors, three bad sets, a ball-handling error and a service error. Spurlin and Burke each had five kills to lead the offensive attack.
With momentum on their side, Rollins was able to take the fifth and final set in impressive fashion. Eleven of the 15 points they scored were from kills as the offense was nearly unstoppable. Doxey led the way in this one, with four kills as the Tars won 15-13.
The win was number two-hundred in the career of head coach Mika Robinson. This is her fourth season with the Tars, and twelfth overall ... she spent her previous eight seasons at Berry College.
Next up for the Tars are a pair of conference road games. They travel to Tampa to play the Spartans on Thursday October 24th, followed by a matchup at Saint Leo on Saturday October 26th. Stay up to date on the latest news and information at RollinsSports.com.