FLORENCE, Ala. – The Saint Leo volleyball team's trip to North Alabama started on the wrong note as the Lions were handed a dominate 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-23) defeat at the hands of Christian Brothers University in NCAA South Region action on Friday afternoon.
Hitting just .187 for the contest the Lions suddenly seemed out-matched, with the Buccaneers (6-1) hitting a blistering .306 across three sets. Each of the three games was a near carbon-copy of the previous as the Lions dropped into a large deficit in the early points and spent the rest of the set playing catch-up.
A lineup change in the third set saw Saint Leo (3-2) fight to try and take it beyond the three-game sweep, as the Green and Gold rallied late in the game to draw within 24-23. Typical of the vibe of the entire match, a service error, the Lions' 11th, finished off the game for the opponents from Memphis, Tenn.
Playing only two sets, the Lions were led by Jordan Sisson who hit .714 as she connected on five of seven swings. Saint Leo senior Emily Calderon-Reyes was the only Lion with double-figure kills, posting 10 and hitting .231.
Saddled with the sole setting duties, Alexa Reed assisted on 29 successful attacks.
The Lions will try to regroup with their biggest test of the tournament on Saturday. Saint Leo squares off with host North Alabama at noon CDT. The Lions then close out the North Alabama Classic with an afternoon match against Queens University of Charlotte at 3:00 p.m. CDT. Live stats and video will be featured for both matches.
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