Eight different teams are in action this weekend, as volleyball, and men's and women's soccer are in a full SSC swing. Both cross country teams will race in the SSC preview at Florida Southern while men's and women's tennis will be play at West Florida. The women's golf team will also take the course at the Lander Invitational.
Friday, Sept. 25
At 2015 USTA/ITA Division II South Region Championships
When: Sept. 25-28
Where: Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex & Roger Scott Tennis Center | Pensacola, Fla.
Website: SLU | UWF
- This marks the second fall tournament for the SLU men’s team following an impressive performance at the Southern Intercollegiate tournament at the University of Georgia.
- The men will be represented by Alex Theiler, Alberto Barroso-Campos, Egor Panyushkin, Oskar Nurmio.
- This will be the first tournament for the Saint Leo women. The women will be represented by Natalia Siedliska, Isabella Robbiani, Anastasia Wagner, and Marine Beugre-Guyot.
- Theat the winners of the tournament in singles and doubles will advance to the ITA National Small College Championships in Sumter, SC from October 15-18.
The Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country teams will be in full competition mode on Friday night when they compete in the Florida Southern Invitational at Holloway Park in Lakeland, Fla. The women’s 5K race starts at 5:15 p.m., with the men’s 8K event starting at 5:50 p.m.
Six different Sunshine State Conference teams will in the 11-team field, including Florida Tech, Lynn, Nova Southeastern, and Tampa, in addition to Saint Leo and the host Florida Southern squad.
The Lions will be running on the same course that will be used for the 2015 SSC Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships on October 24. This will be Saint Leo’s second look at the Holloway Park course; the Lions opened the season at the Southeastern Fire Short Course races on September 4, which were also run on the Holloway Park course.
Sophomore Colett Rampf enters this weekend’s race holding the fastest 5K time among Florida Division II runners this season, with her 17:52.54 run last weekend at the UF Mountain Dew 5K Invitational. That time is the ninth-fastest time overall among state collegiate runners at that distance.
For the men’s cross country squad, junior Rafal Matuszczak has been Saint Leo’s top finisher in each of the past two races, including a 26:19.15 in last weekend’s UF Mountain Dew Invitational 8K race.
- The Saint Leo women's volleyball team will make the long trip to Barry University Friday, as they take on the Buccaneers in Sunshine State Conference action.
- The Lions picked up their first conference win Sat. 9/19 at Eckerd. Saint Leo served five aces in the 3-1 win and has recorded 5-or-more aces in eight of its nine matches. The Green & Gold average 1.90 aces per set, which ranks 2nd in the SSC.
- Senior setter Ashlee Hodgskin leads the SSC with 11.47 assists per set & ranks 11th in NCAA DII. Hodgskin has led the Lions to a team .229 attack percentage for the season, but in their last outing at Eckerd, the Lions hit .324.
- Saint Leo's attack is led by junior Hope Lemon. The 5-9 outside leads the team with 3.35 kills per set, but has had double-digit kill performances in all but two matches and two double-doubles this season.
- Britt Sederholm matched her season high 19 kills in her last outing, and collected her second double-double of the season (19 kills-10 digs).
- The Buccaneers lead the all-time series 37-8, in the past 10 meetings, Saint Leo has won seven of the past 11 matches.
- Barry leads the SSC with 16.95 digs per set, thanks to libero Brittany Jaco who leads the SSC and NCAA Division II with 6.65 digs per set. Kaitlin Drake paces the Buccaneers with 3.45 kills per set.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Saint Leo women’s golf heads into the second of its four fall tournaments on Saturday and Sunday at the Lander University Invitational in Hilton Head, S.C. The tournament will be played at the par 72, 5801-yard Old South Golf Links.
The Saint Leo five for the tournament will be juniors Marie Coors and Minta Yin, sophomores Vilde Eriksen and Amanda Jakobbson, and freshman Mao Young. Sophomore Margine Arguello will also be competing as an individual.
Saint Leo is defending champion of the Lander Invitational, after winning the event in 2014 with the team of Coors, Eriksen, current senior Kellianne May, and then-seniors Lauren Petty and Clare Connolly. The Lions fired a 593 over two rounds, edging Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) by one stroke. Flagler College and Limestone College were both five strokes back and tied for third with a 598, while Armstrong State carded a 600 over two days and was fifth on the team leaderboard.
- The Lions will play future SSC member Palm Beach Atlantic for the first time this season as they travel to West Palm Beach, Fla. home of the Sailfish.
- Saint Leo middle blockers Jillian Stolzenburg and Katie Adamson combine for 118 this season and 3.86 kills per set. The duo anchors the net with a 37 blocks. Adamson leads the team with 22 blocks, all block assists.
- Libero Jamee Townsend averages 4.74 digs per set, and has collected 15+ digs in six different matches.
- Saturday's match marks just the third time since 2010 that the pair have met. The series is 1-1 in the past four years, and the Sailfish took the last meeting in 2014, 3-1.
- Saint Leo has a 4-0 regular season record versus Barry dating back to the 2012-13 season. In 2013-14, Barry snagged a post season SSC tournament victory over the Lions, giving the Lions a 4-1 overall record.
- Seven different Lions have scored this season, led by Matthias Katerna with five, and Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel with four.
- Barry tied Lynn 2-2 on Wednesday evening in their first SSC action of the year.
- Manuel Perez, Thomas Coombes, and Patrick Drmola, each have a team-high four goals.
- Bo Haug has recorded every minute in goal for the Bucs with a season-total of 560:12, with 17 saves.
- In the 2014 season, the Lions went 1-1 against Barry, falling in regular season SSC play, and then topping the Bucs in the NCAA South Region Second round, 2-0.
- Genevieve Gignac leads the Lions in goals (6) and points (13). Arielle Kabangu follows with five goals, and 12 points.
- #12 Barry fell to 5-2-0 following a 5-4 loss at Lynn.
- The Bucs have recorded four clean slates, only allowing 1.14 goals per game.
Look for the next Lions Ledger out Monday, September 28.
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