It was a tough match for the Lions as Shorter came out fighting and took the first set by a 25-19 win. After the second set came as a loss as well, the Lions rebounded with a win in the third to put the score at 2-1 in Shorter's favor. Unfortunately for Saint Leo, Shorter capitalized on their lead and pounded home the fourth set to take home the match.
Juniors Yaidimar Santiago and Lauren Campbell led the effort for the Lions, both defensively and offensively. In addition to a career-high 37 digs by Santiago, junior Molly Alexander collected 12 digs, while Campbell notched 11.
On the offensive side of the game, Campbell collected 19 kills, the most on either team. Senior Jordan Sisson, who missed a large portion of the season due to injury, tallied ten kills on the night and led the team with a .304 attacking percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Jillian Stolzenburg also contributed offensively with seven kills.
Senior setter Jaclyn Mailoto, who ranks 9th in the nation for assists per set, tallied 50 assists on the night.
Despite the final score, the Lions tallied 80 digs and 51 kills on the evening.
The Lions will return to the court tomorrow when they finish up the Sunshine Crossover tournament and battle West Alabama and Alabama-Huntsville. The first match of the day is set for 9 a.m.
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