Tampa, Fla. (November 9, 2006) – The Saint Leo University volleyball team (21-11) saw its historic 2006 season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to the No. 9 Florida Southern College Moccasins (31-4) in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Division II Volleyball South Regional on Thursday.

The Mocs advanced to the regional semifinal with a 30-19, 30-27, 30-17 win at Tampa’s Bob Martinez Sports Center in Tampa, Fla.  Florida Southern will meet the winner of this afternoon’s match between Florida Gulf Coast University-University of South Carolina-Aiken on Friday in the South Region Semifinal (4:30 p.m.).

Saint Leo sophomore Audrey Starkebaum (Sterling, Colo.) led the Lions with 12 kills in the match, while sophomore libero Amanda Cook (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) led all players with a game-high 18 digs.

Florida Southern’s duo of Beverly Stasis and Ashley Martin registered 12 and 11 kills, respectively for the Mocs.  Stasis added a team-high 15 digs for a double-double, while Danielle Durham also registered 14 digs defensively.

Florida Southern pulled away after a close start to game one and won the opening game 30-19.  Despite the Lions hitting .394 as a team during the second game, the Mocs were able to capitalize on a seven Saint Leo service receiving errors to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-27 win.

In the final game, Florida Southern scored the opening five points and never looked back, as SLU could get no closer than four points down the stretch.  The win stretched FSC’s all-time record against Saint Leo to 56-0.

Saint Leo earned its first-ever bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament after a season in which the Lions set a new program record for single-season wins with 21.  Numerous individual single-season marks were also set during the course of the historic season.