Saint Leo, Fla. (October 7, 2007) – The Saint Leo University volleyball team (17-7, 3-4 SSC) defeated visiting Barry University (8-13, 2-5 SSC) by a score of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in a Sunshine State Conference match. The game scores were 30-22, 30-27, 28-30 and 30-17.
Saint Leo was led by sophomore middle blocker Jenna Jordan (Plant City, Fla.) who had a season-high 16 kills and hit .351. Teammate Kaitlin McKenna (Fr., Farmington Hills, Mich.) hit a blistering .667 clip with 13 kills. Leah Perry (Fr., Salem, Ohio) added 10 kills and Michelle Nogueras (So., Cayey, Puerto Rico) finished with a double-double, 48 assists and 12 digs.
Despite recording 14 kills to Saint Leo’s 12 in the first game, the Lions collected seven team blocks at the net and hit a .296 clip for the 30-22 win in game one. Buccaneer Camilla Pagnan led all attackers in the set with five kills, while SLU’s Jenna Jordan added four.
In game two, the Buccaneers jumped out to a 4-0 lead. After trading the next 31 points and a strategic timeout by SLU head coach Sam Cibrone, the Lions managed to come back and take an 18-17 lead. Behind Jordan’s blazing .700 clip and eight kills the Lions held on to win 30-27 for the two-game advantage.
After the Bucs jumped out to a 14-9 lead in game three, the Lions came back and tied the frame, 21-21. Barry later took a four point lead, 28-24 until Saint Leo battled back to tie the game again at 28 all. However, the Buccaneers managed to take a game from SLU after a Stefanie Sveiven kill and a Saint Leo offensive miscue, 30-28.
With Barry up 10-8 in the final game, Saint Leo erupted with a 22-5 scoring run close out the set with a 30-17 win to take the match.
Pagnan collected eight digs to go along with her match-high 22 kills to lead Barry. Caitlin Shawver followed with 10 kills, while Julie Priester collected 11 digs.
Saint Leo will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday to face Valdosta State University at Eckerd College (10:00 a.m.). The Lions will return home later that evening to face Nova Southeastern in a Sunshine State Conference match at 7:00 p.m.