At Colorado Premier Challenge
vs. No.1 Concordia-St. Paul | 2 p.m. ET
vs. No. 8 Lewis | 5:30 p.m. ET
- Saint Leo opened up the season 4-0 following wins over Bentley, No. 11 Rockhurst, Adelphi, and Arkansas – Monticello at the Ninth Annual Nova Southeastern Sharks Invitational.
- Senior libero Jamee Townsend, a 2015 Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection, was named SSC Defensive Player of the Week after finishing the weekend with a conference-leading 5.57 digs per set. Against Bentley, she scooped up 19 in just three sets. In the upset win over #11 Rockhurst, Townsend snagged 31 digs, and against Adelphi, she added 11. In the final match of the weekend, she added 17 digs. Over the entire weekend, the libero only made one serve receive error. She also dished out a total of 11 assists as well.
- Senior outside hitter Hope Lemon led the Saint Leo offense this weekend averaging a conference-high 6.1 points over four matches. She did so by totaling 76 kills for an SSC leading 5.43 kills per set on a hitting percentage of .284. She also added six service aces, five blocks, and 25 digs. She led the Lions in kills in three of the four matches. In the 3-0 win over Bentley, Lemon put away a team-high 17 kills on a clip of .361. She scored a total 23.0 points in the match, adding five aces and two block assists. In the 3-2 upset of a #11 Rockhurst, Lemon tallied a double-double with 20 kills and 11 digs, finishing with 21 points. In the 3-0 win over Adelphi, Lemon put down a team-high 18 kills on an impressive clip of .438, adding five digs. In their final match of the weekend, the Lions took down Arkansas – Monticello, 3-0, behind Lemon’s team-best 21 kills on a clip of .280, adding one ace and six digs for 22.5 points. Her 21 kills averaged out to an outstanding 7.0 kills per set.
- The Lions saw a handful of new faces make an impact in the opening weekend. Freshman setter Anna Garrett averaged 13.36 assists per set, which also led the SSC. She dished out 65 assists in the upset of Rockhurst and tallied no lower than 40 in a single match. Freshman right side Victoria Omoregie earned the starting spot at opposite and put down 23 kills on a clip of .280. In the match against Adelphi, she tallied six kills on 10 attempts, while not committing a single error.
- Saturday's matches at the Colorado Premier Challenge at based on the results from Friday's pool play. Please tune into SaintLeoLions.com or the tournament page link above for updates.
Florida Tech vs. Christian Brothers | 4:30 p.m.
- The Lions host a four-team two-day tournament Sept. 9 and 11 at University Soccer Field
- Friday - Florida Tech plays Christian Brothers at 4:30 p.m., Saint Leo plays West Alabama at 7 p.m.
- Sunday – Florida Tech plays West Alabama at 11 a.m., Saint Leo plays Christian Brothers 1:30 p.m.
- Saint Leo comes into the weekend at 0-1-0 after falling to Mississippi College 3-2 in OT.
- Arielle Kabangu gave the Lions their first goal of the season in the first half Monday. Kabangu was fouled in the box in the second half to give the Lions the tying opportunity. Katie Waddell drilled the second goal home, and eventually sending the game to overtime. Genevieve Gignac recorded the lone assist as she fed the ball through to Kabangu in the 49’
At Florida Tech Invitational
Men's 8K at 7:30 a.m. | Women's 5K at 8:15 a.m.
- The Saint Leo cross country teams will get a preview of the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Championship course this weekend as they head to the Florida Tech Invitational at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Fla.
- The Saint Leo women's team is anchored by junior and returning All-American Colett Rampf, who will be attempting to win SSC individual championship honors for the third year in a row. Rampf captured the NCAA South Region crown in 2015 and became Saint Leo's first cross country All-American after finishing 23rd and scoring 22nd at the NCAA meet in Joplin, Mo.
- The Lions' strength will also come from a sophomore class of Alyssa Bayliff and Laura Tobin, with juniors Haley Roussell and Lauren Csubak, and senior Natalie McCormick, all expected to finish among the top seven for Saint Leo.
- The veteran-laden men's team is paced by seniors Niclas Bez and Rafal Matuszczak, with juniors Anthony Deleva, Joe Fuller, and Stephen Brown also probable scoring runners in meets this fall. Bez, the 2014 Sunshine State Conference men's cross country individual champion, will be looking to pick up his second conference title, while Matuszczak, who was second in last season's SSC meet, will be trying to get atop the podium.
Florida Tech vs. West Alabama | 11:00 a.m.