Volleyball tops #16 Tampa on the road

Volleyball tops #16 Tampa on the road

TAMPA, Fla. – The Saint Leo volleyball team made history as they took down No. 16 Tampa for just the second time in program history, as the Lions topped the Spartans, 3-1; 25-20, 25-19, 17-25, 25-14, in Tampa on Saturday evening.

The Lions, who are now 6-4, 1-1 SSC, have faced six Top-25 opponents in their first 10 matches, and with the win on Saturday, they now hold a 3-3 record against them.

Junior Maddy Powell made her first start of the season at setter, and it looked to be a great decision, as Powell dished out a match-high 42 assist, adding eight digs, six kills, and two blocks to her stat line.

Powell guided the Lions offense to a .269 hitting percentage, which was highlighted by freshman Annabella Arcari's .600 clip. Arcari put down seven kills on 10 attempts while committing just one error. She also added three blocks, including one solo.

Saint Leo saw both freshman Victoria Omoregie and sophomore Avery Bradshaw put down at team-high 13 kills, while junior Britt Sederholm added 12.

To open the match, Saint Leo used offensive efficiency to jump out to the early lead as they hit a clip of .429 with 13 kills. The Lions also totaled three team blocks, while Tampa did not register a single block in the opening set. Tampa also committed 11 team errors in the opening set to help the Lions.

In the second set, Saint Leo remind on a high, putting way 14 kills, while registering 17 digs to keep Tampa at bay. The Lions serve received effectively and were able to win while receiving 68-percent of the time.

Coming out of the intermission, Tampa jumped out to a 12-1 start, and the Lions committed 15 errors over the set but were able to fight back and regain some of their previous moment. With the gap being as large as 12 points, the Lions were able to close it to eight, falling 25-17.

However, Saint Leo did not let the third set hinder them as they turned right around in the fourth. Bradshaw went off offensively, putting down six kills in the set, while Omoregie added five. The Lions totaled 16 kills in the fourth set while totaling a clip of .517. Saint Leo again tallied 17 digs in a single set to halt the Spartans.

Defensively, senior Jamee Townsend finished with a match-high 19 digs, while both Dallas Jasper and Arcari added three blocks.

The Lions open at home on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. as they host Rollins in Sunshine State Conference action.

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