September 8, 2012

Lions Split Final Day in Missouri

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Similar to last weekend, the Saint Leo volleyball team repeated their first day's performance as they went 1-1 in the final day of the SBU Purple Bash hosted by Southwest Baptist University.  The Lions dropped their morning game to Harding University 3-0, before coming back to defeat Northwestern Oklahoma State 3-0 in the early afternoon.

Finding themselves with an early slate of games before an early flight back, a slow start against Harding saw the opposing Bison take early command of the match.  It was control that Harding would not relinquish in the 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-20) defeat.

Quickly regrouping, the Lions took to the SBU main court for the only time in their four matches in dominating Northwestern Oklahoma State 3-0 (25-12, 28-26, 25-17).  The Saint Leo defense held the Rangers to just a .027 hitting percentage.  It was a match against a first-year team that allowed Coach Sam Cibrone to use some reserves to gain some experience before beginning conference play.

In total, the Lions went 2-2 for the tournament and returned home late Saturday night.

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