Busy weekend slate highlighted by volleyball home opener

Busy weekend slate highlighted by volleyball home opener

Friday, 9/23

Volleyball vs. Rollins - 7 p.m.
Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Saturday, 9/24

M/W Cross Country at UF Mountian Dew Invitational
Men's race - 7:55 a.m. | Women's race - 8:30 a.m.
University of Florida Golf Course | Gainsville, Fla.
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Women's Golf at the "Battle of Old South" - All Day
Old South Golf Links | Bluffton, S.C. | Hosted by UNC Pembroke

Volleyball vs. Embry-Riddle - 4 p.m.
Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Men's Soccer at #11 Barry - 6 p.m.
Buccaneer Field | Miami Shores, Fla.
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Women's Soccer vs. Barry - 7 p.m.
Saint Leo Soccer Field | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Sunday, 9/25

Women's Golf at the Battle of Old South - All Day
Old South Golf Links | Bluffton, S.C.

Volleyball Notes

  • The Saint Leo volleyball team opens up at home this weekend against both Rollins and Embry-Riddle. They will face the Tars on Friday at 7 p.m. while facing the Eagles on Saturday at 4 p.m.
  • The Lions finished the opening weekend of SSC action with a 1-1 record, falling to then No.22, now No. 21 Florida Southern, 3-1, before taking down then-ranked No. 16, now ranked No. 19 Tampa, 3-1.
  • In the Lions loss to Florida Southern, freshman Annabella Arcari tallied a season-high 10 kills on an impressive clip of .400, adding a team-best six blocks as well. Junior Britt Sederholm led the Lions with a double-double, putting down 13 kills, adding 15 digs and a block.
  • In the win over Tampa, junior Maddy Powell made her first start of the season at setter, and it looked to be a great decision, as Powell dished out a match-high 42 assist, adding eight digs, six kills, and two blocks to her stat line. Powell guided the Lions offense to a .269 hitting percentage, which was highlighted by freshman Annabella Arcari's .600 clip. Arcari put down seven kills on 10 attempts while committing just one error. She also added three blocks, including one solo. Saint Leo saw both freshman Victoria Omoregie and sophomore Avery Bradshaw put down at team-high 13 kills, while junior Britt Sederholm added 12. The Lions win over Tampa was just the second win over the Spartans in program history.
  • Senior Jamee Townsend added a second SSC Defensive Player of the Week honor to her resume following a weekend where she averaged 5.375 digs per set. Townsend scooped up 24 digs in the four-set battle with No. 22 Florida Southern, which led the match. Townsend tallied a match-best 19 digs and helped ground the Lions' serve receive that led the Lions to a 62-percent side out completion. Townsend added six assists over the weekend as well. Townsend currently leads the SSC in digs per set at 5.14.

Cross Country Notes

  • Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country heads to the University of Florida campus early Saturday morning to compete in the UF Mountain Dew Invitational. A total of 23 men’s teams and 28 women’s teams will be competing, virtually all of them from the state of Florida.
  • The Saint Leo men’s XC team finished seventh among the 18 non-Division I teams at the Mountain Dew Invitational in 2015, led by Rafal Matuszczak (26:19.15) and Anthony Deleva (27:00.23) – both of whom will compete in the event again this season.
  • The Saint Leo women’s XC team placed second out of 21 non-Division I teams at the 2015 UF Mountain Dew Invitational, with sophomore Colett Rampf (17:52.54) finishing first in the points. Two other Lions were among the top 15: Alyssa Bayliff (9th, 19:09.49) and Laura Tobin (13th, 19:23.15).
  • Quoting head coach Kent Reiber: “The women are in a good spot, being ranked first in the region for the second week in a row, so we’ll want to hold our ground and run well on that side. Last year we performed pretty well at this meet, and with the increased ability to perform that we have I think this year we will do even better. On the men’s side, we have some guys who are sick right now, so it will be interesting. But we are going to send two of our guys out to see if they can be among the top five or even win the race.”
  • “As far as training goes, we want to use this meet to build upon the foundation that we have and get ready for the Paul Short the next weekend and then try to defend our home turf the weekend following.”

Women's Golf Notes

  • Saint Leo women’s golf returns to the scene of some recent successes this weekend when it competes at the “Battle at Old South”, hosted by UNC Pembroke. The event will take place at the par 72, 5801-yard Old South Golf Links in Bluffton, S.C.
  • The Lions’ five for the Battle at Old South will be seniors Marie Coors and Sabrina Rumbaugh, juniors Vilde Eriksen, Amanda Jakobsson, and Margine Arguello. Freshman Izzy Lawrence will be making her collegiate debut competing as an individual. Coors and Eriksen are the lone Saint Leo golfers to have played in each of Saint Leo’s two previous visits to the Old South Golf Links. Coors has posted a 71.75 stroke average over four previous rounds, while Eriksen has a 75.50 stroke average.
  • Saint Leo is a two-time defending champion in this event, when it was hosted by Lander University. Last season, the Lions won after posting rounds of 279 and 292 for a team score of 571, 16 strokes ahead of second-place Florida Tech. Amanda Jakobsson took medalist honors with a 66 in the first round and a 71 in the second round, for a seven-under 137 for the tournament. In 2014, Saint Leo recorded a one-stroke victory over Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), after placing four golfers among the top 15. Marie Coors and Kellianne May each carded two-day scores of 149 (+5) and were tied for ninth to lead the Lions.
  • Quoting Head Coach Tommy Baker: “A lot of times, playing the same golf course every year, you get bored. But winning it the past two years, it keeps them on edge and it keeps them competitive. They know they can go out there and play well, and gives them a little more confidence.”
    “This golf course fits our games very well. It’s a course that allows you to hit driver on a lot of holes and then go to wedges and 9-irons, and those are our strengths as a team – to get the ball close and then make putts. The greens are relatively flat so there’s not a whole lot of slope there, so you gain a lot of confidence making putts, and that obviously carries over to making and executing great shots.”

 Women's Soccer Notes

  • The Lions (5-1, 3-0 SSC) return home on a hot note with a five game win streak intact to host Barry Saturday night at 7 p.m.
  • Saint Leo enters after two straight come from behind wins on the road on Sept. 17 at Lynn 2-1 in overtime and this past week Sept. 21 3-2 at Florida Tech.
  • Arielle Kabangu scored two goals Wednesday to help drive Saint Leo past Florida Tech. Katie Waddell scored the tying goal in the 79th minute against the Panthers. Kabangu is up to eight goals on the season, half of the Lions total goals on the year.
  • Natalie Melillo, Selena Jaimes and Rakeisha Sealey all tallied an assist on the night as Melillo dished out the pass to Kabangu’s first goal and Jaimes on Waddell’s goal. Sealey sent a ball to Kabangu for the one-on-one with the Panther keeper for the go ahead goal in the 86th minute.
  • Julia Ortiz is now 4-0 in goal for the Lions and has notched 16 total saves in 357:52 minutes played.
  • The Lions sit atop the Sunshine State Conference standings with three conference wins. Nova Southeastern, 2-0, Rollins, 1-0, and Palm Beach Atlantic, 1-0, are the remaining four teams with an undefeated record in the SSC.
  • BARRY enters the contest Saturday with a 3-1-1 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the SSC. The Buccaneers come in on a two-game win streak after have defeated Lynn 2-0 on Sept. 21 at home. Barry on the young season is 0-1-0 in road contests.  

Men's Soccer Notes

  • The Lions enter the SSC on Saturday on a three-game skid looking to right the ship in Miami Shores, against Barry at 7p.m.
  • Saint Leo dropped their previous game 2-1 versus Florida Tech at home Sept. 21. After trailing 2-0 heading to the 73rd minute, the Lions saw Keisuke Ohata score his first collegiate goal off a pass from Brian Werchek.
  • Senior Keeper Conor McElhinney got the nod in the previous two games and is 0-2 on the year having dropped a heartbreaker in goal against #2 Lynn Sept. 17 2-1 in double-overtime before the most previous loss to Florida Tech. McElhinney has 13 saves in 199:14 minutes played between the posts.
  • #11 BARRY, who is sitting at 1-0 in the Sunshine State Conference and 6-0 overall, enters the contest on a six-game win streak. The Buccaneers recently took down #2 Lynn 3-0 on Sept. 21.