SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's volleyball team needed five sets and a few extra point to take down a pesky Nova Southeastern team, but the Lions bared their teeth and ground out a 3-2; 27-25, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 18-16 win in the Sunshine State Conference battle at home on Saturday afternoon.
After winning the first two set, it looked as if the Lions had the game in hand heading into the break. Saint Leo even held a 20-18 lead in set three, but the visiting Sharks had other plans as they scored seven-straight points to complete set three, 25-22, and bring the match to 2-1. In the fourth set, the Sharks continued to attack. It was a very balanced set as both teams hit .300-plus, but Nova was able to keep a small cushion of a lead that took them with the momentum into the fifth and deciding set.
Nova used the momentum they had created and looked to be in control to take the match in the final set. The Sharks jumped out to an early lead, a lead that even as large as five points, as they took a 14-9 lead and seemed to be poised to close out the match.
Sederholm played the entire match but was used as a defensive specialist in the first through third sets. In the fourth, the junior entered into the front row and registered five kills in the fourth set alone and was riding momentum as she entered the fifth.
Set 5: 14-9, Nova with the lead. Sederholm rotated to the service line and dished out an ace. Her force and poise from the service line were felt by the team as she held the serve to give the Lions a 15-14 advantage. Over those six points, the Lions saw senior outside hitter Hope Lemon put down three kills, and help protect Sederholm's serve. The momentum was back in the Lions' paws. Nova was able to get the ball back, evening the score at 15-all, and then on a Lemon error, the Sharks took a 16-15 lead. Lemon redeemed herself by putting down her fifth kill of the set, making it 16-16. Freshman Fabiola Rosado came in as a serving specialist and did her job as she served out the match, and helped the Lions seal the game, 18-16.
Sederholm finished the game with a career-high 21 digs and added eight kills, all of which came in the final two sets. Over those last two sets, Sederholm hit .438. Her front-row counterpart for most of the match in Avery Bradshaw put down 10 kills in four sets, while fellow outside Hope Lemon added a team-high 15 kills. Bradshaw added six digs, an ace and a block to her stat line, while Lemon finished the match with seven digs, four aces, and a block.
In the middle, senior Katie Adamson was a rock for the Lions, putting down eight kills on a .368 hitting percentage. She also added a team-high four blocks and two digs. Fellow middle Annabella Arcari added four kills and three blocks. Opposite Victoria Omoregie put down 11 kills, adding six digs and two blocks.
Powell and Garrett once again split the setting duty as Powell played the first three sets and dished out 21 assists, adding three kills and two blocks, while Garrett closed out the match with 22 assists and a service ace.
The Lions are now 13-8 overall, and 6-2 in SSC action, and are tied for first in the conference.
Saint Leo will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in a quick turnaround as they host No. 25 Florida Southern at 7 p.m. Southern enters the match with a 6-2 SSC record and share the conference lead with the Lions and Eckerd.
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