Defense sparks Saint Leo Volleyball over Lynn, 3-1

Defense sparks Saint Leo Volleyball over Lynn, 3-1

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's volleyball team took down the visiting Lynn Fighting Knights, 3-1; 25-22, 29-27, 25-27, 29-27, in a battle of will power on Saturday afternoon in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The highlight of the day was the performance by senior Jamee Townsend. The libero from Plant City, Fla., entered the match needing just two digs to surpass 1,000 for her career. On the evening Townsend scooped up an insane 36 digs in just four sets to average 9.0 per set. She now sits at 1,034 for her career.

The Lions, now 10-5, 4-2, also saw impressive performances by freshman Victoria Omoregie and Britt Sederholm. Omoregie led the way with 15 kills on a clip of .393 for Saint Leo, a season high for the freshman out of Tampa. She also added four blocks to her stat line. Sederholm dropped a double-double as she put down 14 kills and added 12 digs. She also added three blocks on the day.

Senior Hope Lemon joined in the double-digit kills, adding 10 of her own. She also added two blocks. Freshman Annabella Arcari was dominate at the net, tallying eight blocks, and adding six kills. Senior Katie Adamson added five kills and eight blocks as well, including two solos. Junior setter Maddy Powell dished out 35 assists, adding seven digs, five kills and five blocks to her totals.

Both Saint Leo and Lynn battled on Saturday, taking three of the four sets to extra points, but it was team effort and grit by the Lions that helped them battle it out.

In the first set, Saint Leo out-blocked the visiting Fighting Knights, 6.0-3.0, and held them to just .154-hitting percentage in the process. The Lions were able to hit .250, with both Omoregie and Sederholm putting away four kills apiece.

In the second, the Lions held Lynn to just .038-hitting percentage and scooped up 23 digs, 11 of which came from Townsend. Omoregie continued her firepower, putting down five kills on nine attempts in the set.

Lynn handled the third set as Saint Leo hit just .029, but 5.0 team blocks helped the Lions stay in it. Lynn had their most effective set, putting away a clip of .171. Their middle Lydia West led the surge, putting away six kills.

In the fourth and final set, Saint Leo saw Hope Lemon spring back and provide a zest to the offense as she put away seven of her 10 kills in the set alone. As a team, the Lions hit .240 in the final set and only .170 by their opponents. Townsend was a huge factor in keeping the Fighting Knights at bay, as she scooped up 16 digs in the final set alone.

Saint Leo returns to action on Friday, Oct. 14 as they head to Orlando for the SSC/GSC Conference Crossover tournament. The Lions will find out who they will face this week.

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