Seniors shine on Volleyball's Senior Night

Seniors shine on Volleyball's Senior Night

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo volleyball took down the Florida Tech Panthers, 3-1; 25-15, 25-10, 23-25, 25-17, on Senior Night on Thursday evening in Sunshine State Conference play.

The Lions opened the evening honoring four seniors in Jamee Townsend, Hope Lemon, Katie Adamson, and Hannah Pietz. While Lemon and Townsend, the typical stat-stuffers for the Lions, had solid all-around performances, it was Adamson and Pietz who really elevate their games to help the Lions to a win.

Adamson led the Lions in kills for the first time this season, putting down a career-high 12 kills. She did not commit a single hitting error on the evening, tallying a hitting percentage of .667. Her clip stands as the highest on the season by any player who has tallied 12 or more kills in a match. She added a team-high six blocks and tallied three digs. She also led the Lions in points in a match for the first time in her career.

Pietz, who played back row opposite Lemon's front row, was a ball magnet. The defensive specialist scooped up a career-best 15 digs, adding an assist as well. Pietz even saw action in the front row in the third set after the Lions used all their subs in a tight situation.

"I am so happy for the seniors," Head Coach Sam Cibrone said following the match. "I gave them an opportunity, but they have to do their jobs when they are in there. Hannah played amazing tonight, and so did Katie. All the seniors played great, and that's all you can ask for on Senior Night. You want to give them the opportunity on a night like this, but they have to do it, and they all played awesome."

Lemon finished the match with seven kills, five digs, three blocks, and an ace, while Townsend led the Lion in digs with 18, adding five assists, and an ace.

Setter Maddy Powell finished the match with 40 assists, adding 10 digs, five blocks, and four kills. Britt Sederholm joined Adamson in double-figures, putting down 11 kills. She nearly tallied a double-double, scooping up nine digs. She added two blocks and two aces as well.

Over the entire match, every Lion saw action.

Freshmen Allie Daul and Nina Vattovaz each registered a kill, and Daul recorded her first career block as well. Fellow freshman Fabiola Rosado came in as a serving specialist and dished out three aces.

"It's tough when you're halfway through the season to get people playing time, and I was just happy the girls went in and did their jobs. It was fun to get them all playing time, and we still played at a high level."

The Lions are now 18-8, 10-2 in the SSC. They head to Lynn and Barry on Nov. 11 and 12 for two big conference matches.

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