Volleyball falls, 3-2, to FSC in NCAA First Round

Volleyball falls, 3-2, to FSC in NCAA First Round

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Saint Leo volleyball team fought hard on Thursday afternoon, but ultimately ended their season with a 3-2; 26-24, 18-25, 15-25, 25-22, 15-8, loss to the Florida Southern Mocs in the NCAA South Regional First Round.

The Lions came out a bit tentative in the first set, looking to find their rhythm offensively. On the set, the offense hit just .107, while the Mocs hit .200. Britt Sederholm led with five kills, while Jamee Townsend did her best to keep the Mocs swings off the court by recording 10 digs in the first set.

In the second set, Saint Leo did find their mojo offensively, and improved their hitting percentage to .303, and put down 14 kills. Victoria Omoregie was the key spark in the set, putting down five without a hitting error. There were eight ties in the score early in the set, but when the Lions broke the 12-12 tie, they never relinquished the lead to even the match.

Saint Leo owned the third set, hitting .344, while the Mocs hit .083. Sederholm continued her strong play, putting down five more kills, adding two aces in the set, and she brought her dig total to 13. Hope Lemon came alive in the third set, putting down four kills and tallying five digs to help the Lions to the set-win.

Florida Southern came out in the fourth, refusing to give up. Both teams remained close until the Mocs grabbed a 20-17 lead. However, Saint Leo was able to tie it back up at 20. From there, both teams would go back and forth. The Mocs kept the Lions on edge with an aggressive serving tactic, and their blocking successfulness increased in the fourth set.

The Mocs rode their momentum from the fourth set and led from beginning to end to take a 15-8. The Lions hit 0.000 in the final set, while the Mocs put down nine kills on .219.

The Lions saw three players finished the match with double-doubles as junior Britt Sederholm finished with 16 kills and 18 digs. Sederholm added three ace and a block to her stat line. Senior Hope Lemon tallied 15 kills and added 12 digs and an ace in her final game for the Green and Gold, while freshman Anna Garrett dished out 44 assists and added 15 digs, three kills, and a block to close out her first season for the Lions.

Freshman Victoria Omoregie finished the game with 10 kills, five digs, and two blocks. Senior Katie Adamson put down a match-high six blocks, while added seven kills, three digs, and an ace.

Senior libero Jamee Townsend wrapped up her stellar career for the Lions with a match-high 31 digs.

Townsend and Lemon finished their careers for Saint Leo with their names in the record book. Townsend finished with 1,406 digs in her career, good for third all-time in Saint Leo history. Lemon finished with 1,097 kills, good for fifth on the career kills leaderboard.

The Lions finished their season with a 20-12 record on the season and their fourth-straight NCAA appearance.

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