Sep 27, 2016
- The Saint Leo volleyball team heads to Eckerd on Tuesday night to defend an 8-4, 2-1 SSC record. The Lions are riding a three-match winning streak following wins over No. 16 Tampa, Rollins, and Embry-Riddle.
- Saint Leo is averaging 13.23 kills per set on the season on a .200 hitting percentage. Offensively, the Lions are led by their trio of outsides in Hope Lemon, Britt Sederholm, and Avery Bradshaw. Lemon leads with 3.97 kills per set and a .200 clip, while Bradshaw follows with 2.75 per set on a .258-hitting percentage. Sederholm adds 2.62 per set, while also scooping up 2.24 digs per set, second on the team.
- Defensively, the Lions are scooping up 14.91 digs per set and are led by senior Jamee Townsend. Townsend is averaging a Sunshine State Conference-leading 5.11 digs per set. She is also just 27 digs away from 1,000 for her career.
- Saint Leo has seen both junior Maddy Powell and freshman Anna Garrett spend time at the setter role. Garrett started the first nine matches of the season while Powell was out with injury, and in that time she averaged 11.00 assists per set. In her return, Powell has averaged 9.50 assists per set but is also averaging 2.20 points per set on her own as an attacking option. In the last outing versus ERAU, Powell dished out 25 assists, scooped up 10 digs, and put down nine kills on a clip of .615.
- Eckerd comes into the match with an identical record to the Lions of 8-4, 2-1 SSC, but that record is highlighted by a 5-1 record in McArthur Center.
- The Tritons run an incredibly balanced offense as five different players’ average 2.00 or more kills per set. Gabrielle Ries is running the setter position efficiently by dishing out 10.09 assists per set.
Men's Soccer Notes
- The Lions return home to host No. 22 Rollins at 7 p.m. at University Soccer Field after gaining their first SSC win at No. 11 Barry on Sept. 24, 4-2. Marcelo Casas scored two goals in the game as Brandon Rivera, and Teddy Auyoma each netted one.
- After his performance in the second game of the week, Casas was named the SSC Men’s Offensive Player of the Week. Casas tallied two goals on four shots-on-goal in Saturday night’s game.
- Keeper Conor McElhinney picked up the win between the posts Saturday night after recording five saves in seven shots from the 11th ranked Buccaneers. McElhinney moved to 1-2 on the season with the win. McElhinney has logged 289:14 minutes in goal and has a season total of 18 saves.
- Casas leads the team in points (7) and goals (3), where Bafou Sanogo is second on the team with four points and two goals in only three games played.
- In the SSC, Saint Leo holds a two-point advantage over Rollins as the Lions are 1-3 in SSC play, and the Tars are 0-1-1.
- ROLLINS enter after dropping their previous game at Florida Tech 1-0. On the season the Tars are led by Tosan Popo who has five goals in seven games for 10 points. Matt Volk and Ben Grant each sit tied for second in points with seven. Volk has three goals and one assist as Grant has two goals and three assists.
- Tar keeper Drew Trautmann holds a 4-2-1 record in goal with 651:59 minutes logged. Trautmann has tallied 27 goals on the season and three shutouts.
- This will be the second visit to the Saint Leo campus for the Tars after they kicked off their season here against Wingate and Young Harris, dropping their first game 3-0 to the Bulldogs and then taking their game against previous-No. 9 Young Harris 2-0.
Women's Soccer Notes
- The Lions (6-1, 4-0 SSC) hit the road for a tough mid-week matchup in Winter Park against No. 6 Rollins College at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.
- Saint Leo enters on a six-game win streak after dropping their first game of the year and then taking the next six, with the last three in come-back fashion.
- The Lions’ most recent win was Saturday, Sept. 24 in double-overtime against Barry. Saint Leo took the game 2-1 after the SSC women’s offensive player of the week, Arielle Kabangu, scored in the 79th minute and then again in the 104th to keep the Lions undefeated mark in the conference.
- Kabangu leads the team in goals with 10 through seven games, where Melillo leads in assists with six through seven. The duo is one-two, respectively, in points on the team with Kabangu holding a 10 point advantage over Melillo who has 10 points on the year with two goals and six assists.
- Julia Ortiz owns a 5-0 record in 461:38 minutes played in goal for the Lions and has a season save count of 19.
- Saint Leo sits atop the SSC leaderboard with a 4-0 mark in the conference where Rollins is second at 2-0 in SSC play. The two teams enter the contest with the same overall record, at 6-1.
- Of the nine individual leader categories, Saint Leo leads eight of the nine with Kabangu sitting in first in six of those. Kabangu leads the conference in shots (41), shots per game (5.86), points (20), and points per game (2.86), goals (10), and goals per game (1.429).
- Natalie Melillo leads the other two Lion categories which are assists (6) and assists per game (.857).
- ROLLINS enters as the No. 6 ranked team in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (Sept. 20). The Tars enter on a two-game win streak after having won 1-0 over Florida Tech on Sept. 24. Rollins lone loss on the season came on Sept. 14 to then-No. 20 Embry-Riddle, 1-0 in double-overtime.
- The Tars are led by Kathryn O’Brien who has 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Emma Bloom has chipped in four goals in seven games played. Keeper Kelly Rowswell has 24 saves on the season in 557:19 minutes played between the posts and has a 6-1 record.