DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 5, 2019) - Rollins put up a tough fight early on in their match against Embry-Riddle on Tuesday, but ended up losing in four sets to the Eagles.
Set one played like a playoff game, with Embry-Riddle eventually coming out on top by a score of 31-29. The two teams combined for 12 lead changes and 11 ties during the match. From the point of the score being 21-21, the two teams traded points all the way up to 29-29 before the eagles were able to seal the win on a pair of errors by the Tars. The teams were incredibly matched as Rollins recorded 18 kills, seven attack errors and 51 total attacks compared to 18 kills, seven attack errors and 52 total attacks from Embry-Riddle.
The second set was just as exciting, and was taken by the Tars, 28-26. Set two featured 13 tied scores. Late in the set, Embry-Riddle took a 26-25 lead off of a kill from Aly Freeland, but the Tars did not give up. Consecutive kills from Marlee Johnson and Alexis Yeager, followed by an Eagles attack error, gave the Tars a 28-26 win. Rollins tallied 20 kills, marking a new season high for a single set. Riley Spurlin had five, Erin Burke had four, and three players had three each.
Embry-Riddle was in top form during the third set, winning by a 25-15 score. The Eagles recorded 15 kills against the Tars' ten. Rollins only committed three attack errors, but just couldnt finish with a killing stroke on most of their 37 attempts. Embry-Riddle used a five point run early on to take the lead, then added to it with a pair of three-point runs and a four-point rally to bolster their advantage. The Eagles were landing their serves in this one, tallying four service aces in the set.
By the time the fourth set rolled around, Rollins looked to have run out of gas. With Alyssa Rudd holding service, the Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead to the start the set, and never looked back. Rollins pulled within in seven at 15-8, but then the Eagles ripped off ten points in a row to close things out, 25-8.
Spurlin, the reigning conference offensive player of the week, led the Tars with 18 kills on a .340%. Erin Burke chipped in with 11 of her own. Abby Harbinson and Alexi Yeager each tallied four block asists, and Charlie Durbin led the team with 27 digs.