SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University volleyball team (18-3, 2-2 SSC) swept the Rollins College Tars (14-6, 1-3 SSC), 3-0 Tuesday evening by the scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 in Sunshine State Conference action at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
Middle blocker Jenna Jordan had a terrific game leading the way for the Lions. She posted her sixth double-double of the season, tallying 13 kills and 10 digs and hitting .290. National and Conference Player of the week Michelle Nogueras posted a double-double herself, angling 30 assists and scooping up 12 digs, while adding five kills. Leah Perry contributed with a strong night, posting seven kills and assisting on two blocks. Amanda Cook, back in the Libero jersey grabbed 17 digs and Audrey Starkebaum hit .294 on the evening, sending six kills to the floor. Kaitlin McKenna hammered down five kills and freshman Danielle Bletso defended the net with four block assists and one block solo.
The Lions wasted no time, jumping out to a 10-2 lead in the first set. Perry posted two of her three first set kills in the initial moments of the match. Although the Tars tried, they could never get to within six points of the Lions the entire set. Jessi Lynn punched over the final kill of the set giving the Lions the advantage. Despite the margin of victory, statistically it would be the Lions worst set of the match, hitting just .133 as a team.
The second set was much tighter for the Green and Gold. The Tars stayed point-for-point with the Lions until the very end. With the score 21-20 in favor of the Lions, Nogueras struck a clutch kill and handed the momentum back to Saint Leo. The very next play Starekbaum threw down one her three kills in the set to put all the pressure on Rollins. The Tars did not rebound, finishing the set with two consecutive errors and giving the Lions the victory. Saint Leo hit .517 as a team, only committing two errors the entire set.
The third set belonged solely to Jordan, hitting .400 and pummeling eight kills to the floor, while finishing off the Tars in grand style. The Lions raced out to a 21-11 lead and Jordan closed the door, smashing the final three points of the set. Jordan also added five digs in the set to go along with Cook’s five.
SLU outhit the Tars .278 to .107 on the evening and out blocked Rollins 5-4.
Saint Leo continues SSC play this Friday, October 3rd against Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be heard live on the SaintLeoLions Audiocast Network.