Lakeland, Fla. (September 1, 2007) – The Saint Leo University volleyball team (6-2) had its six-match winning streak snapped with a pair of losses in the final day of play at the Florida Southern Classic in Lakeland, Fla. on Saturday. The Lions fell to No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha (30-23, 30-24, 30-26) and Pittsburg State (32-34, 31-29, 30-28, 30-17) on the final day of play at the Florida Southern Classic.
Saint Leo was led by sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Armer (San Jose, Calif.) who totaled 26 kills on the afternoon, while setter Michelle Nogueras (So., Cayey, Puerto Rico) had a total of 88 assists in the two matches.
In the opening match, the 18th ranked Mavericks (5-2) took an early lead in game one and set the tone for the match. Saint Leo battled in games two and three but 2006 Third Team All-American Carlie Christensen proved to be too much to handle, as she totaled 11 kills and hit .292. Saint Leo was led by Armer with nine kills in the match.
The second match of the afternoon saw the Lions end Pittsburg State’s 21-game unbeaten run, as Saint Leo won the opening game of the match 34-32. The next two games were just as closely contested, but the Gorillas (7-0) were able to outlast the Lions before a convincing win in game four. Armer had 20 kills against Pittsburg State, while Nogueras had 59 assists in the match. Gorillas’ right side hitter Sammie Williams led all players with 21 kills in the match.
The Lions will travel to Pensacola, Fla. next weekend to participate in the University of West Florida Argonaut Regional Cross-over. The Lions will face Northern Michigan at 10: 00 a.m. ET and Albany State at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. SLU will then play North Alabama (12:15 p.m. ET) and Kentucky State (4:45 p.m. ET) on Sunday.