On Nov. 8, Rollins faced Florida Southern College in a tough, hard-hitting game. Stands were more crowded than previous games and everyone had their attention on the game. Without a doubt, both teams played incredible, but sadly the Tars couldn’t keep up with the Moccasins.
Even though the Rollins volleyball team gets knocked down the Tars will always come back up stronger and fiercer. Some highlights in the game is Junior Shannon McDonough, an outside hitter, made her 1000th career kill with the Rollins volleyball team against Florida Southern for the second time in five days.
In this game, the Tars were able to force the Florida Southern Mocs into a fourth set, but couldn’t finish, bringing the Mocs out on top with a 3-1 win in Sunshine State Conference action. In the first set, there was so much aggressiveness that there was a total of six lead changes, however Florida Southern set the tone early by earning a hard-fought win in the first set. Leading 16-9 midway through. The Mocs saw the lead fade away as Rollins strung together a 9-1 run to take an 18-17 lead. Rollins won the third set by a 25-20 final, but Florida Southern won the others and senior Brindl Langley was on the spotlight when she tallied her 1,815th career dig to pass Sara Stewart for the school record. She finished the night with 21 digs. Florida Southern led by six points, 11-5 early in the fourth set, but the Tars battled hard, yet again and took a 14-13 lead midway through. Being there, you would see the ball being served at powerful and fast rates and the intensity get higher in the room. In one set, the Mocs ripped off an 8-1 run to take a 21-15 lead and kept going strong as they closed out the match with a 25-17 fourth-set win.
The sets were 22-25, 15-25, 25-20, and 17-25. This loss dropped the Tars to a record of 11-17 and 3-10 in SSC play, while the Mocs advance to a record of 19-9, and 10-5 against SSC opponents.
McDonough also led the team in 17 kills in the match and Bri Civiero ‘18 made 11. Another highlight was Freshman Gina Cappetta earned 34 assists on the afternoon, while Civiero led the team in digs with 21. At the front, junior MaryBethany Vincent picked up a season best 6.0 blocks.
Each game, players do their best and even though the outcome isnt the greatest, they don’t let that ruin there day.
Jaime Becker, a freshman, said, “We get better as a team and we always practice hard, I love it here at Rollins and I love the sport, I’m here to have fun and I know we’ll win other games.”
The Tars’ next matches will be on Tuesday and Friday, but be sure to check out Senior Night against Barry at 5pm in the Alfond Sports Center on Saturday. Only three more matches left in the season, so be there for these last games