SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University volleyball team (26-10, 6-8 SSC) fell to the Nova Southeastern University Sharks (21-9, 9-5 SSC) in straight sets (25-20, 25-14, 25-20) Saturday afternoon at the Bowman Center.
Michelle Nogueras notched her 30th double-double of the season compiling 27 assists and 12 digs in the conference loss. The setter also totaled eight kills and hit .727 for the match leading all Lions. Sophomore Kaitlin McKenna tried to keep the squad in contention, killing nine balls and recording three block assists. Junior Jenna Jordan struck eight kills to the floor and dug nine balls while Chelsea Armer recorded ten digs and six kills.
Jordan got the Lions going in the right direction in the first set slamming home the first point. The Sharks rallied back though taking a 9-to-8 lead. Saint Leo refused to go away quietly as they stayed point for point with NSU. With the score 16-to-17 in favor of the Sharks, the second wave of the Nova rush kicked in, outscoring the Lions 8-to-4 to close out the set.
The Lions tried to rebound from the first set loss posting a .257 hitting percentage. It was not enough though as Molly Sigerich stepped up to kill five balls for the Sharks, adding to the teams .333 hitting percentage. The two teams traded the first eight points, but Nova Southeastern finished off the on a 21-10 run, including six straight points in the middle of the set to blow the game open.
Saint Leo was in a familiar position being down 2-to-0, but this time the team could not overcome the resilient Sharks. Armer and Nogueras jumped started the Lions offense again helping pull out to 13-11 lead. The Lions defense could not hold it though as the Sharks went on a 9-3 run to put them out in front 20-to-16. The Lions attempted to fight back but the offensive rush from the Sharks was too much, as the Lions dropped the third and final set.
Untimely errors and lack of offensive power doomed the Lions in the end as they fell two games under .500 in the Sunshine State Conference.
The Sharks out-blocked the Lions 4.5 to 5.0, while Saint Leo more than doubled the amount of Nova Southeastern team errors with 15
The Lions return to the court Wednesday, November 12 for a 7:00 pm SSC contest with Florida Southern College. The match will be broadcasted live on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.