Saint Leo, Fla. (October 19, 2007) – The Saint Leo University volleyball team (21-8, 5-5 SSC) tied its program record for wins in a season with a 3-1 Sunshine State Conference win over visiting Florida Tech (16-9, 1-9 SSC) on Friday night. The Lions won the four-game match with scores of 31-29, 30-23, 21-30, 30-27.
Sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Armer (San Jose, Calif.) led the Lions to the win with 18 kills, as she hit .317. Freshman Kaitlin McKenna (Farmington Hills, Mich.) added 14 kills in the win, hitting at a .429 clip. Michelle Nogueras (So., Cayey, Puerto Rico) added 50 assists, 16 digs and five kills in the win.
A tight opening game saw the Lions trailing 29-27 late. However, Saint Leo went on to score the game’s final four points and take the lead in the match with a 31-29 game one victory.
Game two saw Saint Leo fall behind 11-5. However, the Lions put together a 9-1 run to get back into the game. From that point on it was a see-saw battle for the middle portion of the match, until the Lions exploded with an 11-4 run to close the game out with a 30-23 win.
After Florida Tech extended the match with victory in game three, the Lions outlasted the Panthers to seal the match with a 30-28 win in game four.
Saint Leo will host a tournament tomorrow with four matches at the Bowman Center. The Lions will open the day versus Henderson State at 10:00 a.m. Henderson State will then face Florida Tech at noon, followed by Saint Leo versus Northwood at 2:00 p.m. The day will conclude with Florida Tech facing Northwood at 4:00 p.m.