Lions Drop 3-1 Decision to West Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Saint Leo volleyball team could not pull off the upset as they dropped a 3-1 (25-19, 26-28, 25-19, 25-23) decision to host West Florida at the GSC/SSC Crossover on Friday night.

West Florida (15-7) picked up the set one win after jumping out to a 13-6 lead over the Lions. The Argos never trailed in the set as the hosts set the tone early.

The Second set saw the Lions battle back from a five point deficit to knot things up at 18. UWF grabbed a brief lead at 24-23 but couldn't hold off a surging Saint Leo (8-10) team as the Green and Gold evened the match.  The win marked the first visiting team that managed to claim a set from UWF at home in 2011.

UWF came out of the gates on fire in the third set, going up 14-7 over the Lions, pushing the SLU deficit to 20-13 before the final points leaned the match back in favor of West Florida.

The Argos again edged out to the early lead in set number four with UWF up as much as 18-11. The Lions didn't stay down for long however, as they crept back into the match with a Jordan Sisson kill that brought Saint Leo within one at 22-21.  West Florida then capitalized on a pair of kills as the Argos took the set, 25-23.

Sisson ended the night with 13 kills and a .458 average but the match was led by Danielle Bletso who dropped down 15 kills without and error and a .714 average.

Lindsay Homme led the Argos with 21 kills while Leah Buchanan was also in double-digits with 10.

The Lions will look to rebound tomorrow when they face Valdosta State and Alabama-Huntsville in the final day of the Crossover.  The match with Valdosta State will get underway at noon EDT at the UWF Field House.