SAINT LEO, Fla. (October 26, 2019) - The Rollins volleyball team traveled to Saint Leo on Saturday afternoon to face the Saint Leo Lions. They were not able to coome away with a victory, falling in three sets 25-16, 25-19, 25-20.
The story of this game was converting on the attack. Rollins collected 37 kills at a .194 percentage, but allowed Saint Leo to convert 43 kills at .291 which led to the straight sets defeat.
Saint Leo took control early in set one, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Later, with the score 13-8, the Lions ripped off six points in a row to extend their lead to an insurmountable 19-8. They would eventually take the set 25-16. Riley Spurlin led the Tars with three kills in the set.
The tables were turned in set two as Rollins was dominating early on, stretching a lead to 10-5. During the run, five different Tars recorded at least one kill as the Lions struggled to stop the attack. the momentum shifted after the tenth point though, as Saint Leo won eight of the next ten points to take a 13-12 lead. Then, with the Tars leading 16-15, Saint Leo went on another run, this time scoring seven in a row to make it 22-16. Three late kills from Rollins weren't enough to lead a comeback, as the Tars fell 25-20. Spurlin tallied four more kills, with Abby Harbinson chipping in three of her own.
The Tars fought hard until the end, keeping things close in set three. The two teams were tied as late as 19-19 in the final set, but the Lions took six of the next seven points to secure their win. Spurlin did everything she could in this, totaling eight of the Tars 18 kills in the set, but it wasn;t quite enough to keep them alive. For the match Spurlin totaled 15 kills at .419% in one of her best outings of the season.
Next up for the Tars is a busy week at home. Rollins will host three games next week: Tuesday against Florida Tech, Thursday against Lynn and Saturday against Nova Southeastern. The Florida Tech game on October 29th will be the annual Dig Pink event, as the volleyball team helps raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Yuo can read more about the planned activities here. Stay up to date with the latest Tars information and updates at RollinsSports.com.