October 12, 2013

Saint Leo Cruises to 3-0 Win Over Visiting Florida Tech

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Less than 24 hours after the Saint Leo volleyball team clinched a win to put them one game over .500 in the Sunshine State Conference, the Lions took the court against the visiting Florida Tech Panthers in an exciting Saturday afternoon win. In front of a cheering Family Weekend crowd, the Lions defeated the Panthers by a 3-0 score (26-24, 25-20, 25-19).

The first set of the afternoon was an exciting one for the home crowd, as fans watched the visiting Panthers lead for the majority of the set, only to cheer as the Lions came from behind and pounded home a 26-24 set win.

With the momentum in their favor, the Lions took to the court for set two and unleashed an offensive attack that sent the Panthers into the break with a 2-0 deficit.

After a short break, the Lions took to the court in the hopes of taking home a 3-0 victory, but the Panthers would not accept defeat lightly. After a back and forth battle, however, the Lions took home the set by a 25-19 score as well as a 3-0 SSC win.

Juniors Lauren Campbell and Tawni Warren led both teams in kills, notching 15 and 13, respectively. Campbell also tallied 11 digs, while junior libero Yaidimar Santiago led all players with 13 digs.

Adding to her already stellar setting resume, senior setter Jaclyn Mailoto collected 36 assists in the contest, improving her assists per set percentage to 11.55 this season. She has 752 total assists on the year.

As a team, the Lions collected 42 kills and 48 digs in the contest, as well as 10 service aces. The team forced 19 Florida Tech errors.

The Saint Leo volleyball team will return to the court next weekend when they travel to the University of West Georgia to compete in the Sunshine Crossover tournament. Their first contest of the weekend is set for Friday, October 18 against Shorter at 4:30 p.m.

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