SAINT LEO, Fla. – After two wins over Top-25 competition, Saint Leo volleyball player Bruna Rocha has claimed the female side of the Saint Leo Athlete of the Week while men’s cross country runner Michael Berry’s solid performance on the course earned him the male honor as they both claim the weekly awards for the span ending October 4, 2009.
Rocha, a first-year player for the Lions, went off the charts in road wins over #25 Eckerd and #4 Tampa. In the Wednesday night’s conference contest against the Tritons in St. Petersburg, the Sao Paulo, Brazil native blasted 17 kills to the court while only committing two errors. Hitting at a .469 clip, she also dropped in three crucial service aces in the 3-1 win. Saturday afternoon, the junior led the Lions into a showdown with Tampa, a matchup where SLU had not seen victory in over 25 years. Posting an errorless day, she dropped down a match-high 21 kills as the Lions swept the 4th-ranked Spartans. For the week she averaged a .507 hitting percentage, posted 5.43 kills and 2.86 digs per set as she was Saint Leo’s nominee for the Sunshine State Conference’s weekly award on both sides of the ball.
Berry, a sophomore from North Palm Beach, Fla., continues to impress on the course during the 2009 campaign. In four races, he has finished as the Lions’ top-finisher on two occasions. In last Friday’s flrunners.com 5K race, he crossed the line in the Lions’ top spot, finishing 33rd overall out of 88 runners with a time of 17:48.16. For the season, he has two first-place finishes, a second place-finish, and a third-place nod.
The Lions have some very busy days this week as volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer all see action on Tuesday.
Volleyball will return home to ‘White-Out’ the visiting Florida Southern Moccasins as they encourage all fans in attendance to wear white to the match, and men’s soccer will look to get back on track with a home game against Thomas University. Women’s soccer will travel to West Palm Beach to square off with Palm Beach Atlantic University. All three events have a 7:00 p.m. scheduled start time.
Women’s soccer is back in action on Friday night with a home SSC tilt against Lynn University that is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m., while cross country will take to the course early Saturday morning when they run at the Disney Invitational in Kissimmee, Fla.
Men’s soccer concludes their week as they host #1 Lynn University in a primetime matchup on Saturday night while volleyball faces Nova Southeastern earlier that afternoon.
#23 SLU Volleyball closes the week with a rare Sunday afternoon contest against Bentley University that will get underway at 2:00 p.m.