WINTER PARK, Fla. – (Volleyball) Florida Tech volleyball finished the season strong with a three to two win over Rollins Wednesday night (28-30, 30-28,
17-30, 30-19, 15-13).
Leading the way for Tech was Mayne Pegorari with 19 kills, Marcela Vasconcelos with 52 assists and 23 digs, and
Amy O’Brien with 28 digs. Amanda Boyce clipped an impressive .600 attack percentage. Sacha Gumbs also
added 18 kills and two blocks.
Top play makers for the Tars were Christina Reinders with 15 kills, Lacey Malarky with 48 assists, Kim Cline with 31 digs and Erin Wareham with four
Game one found the Panthers in an early lead scoring five quick points before Rollins got the ball. Tech quickly got the ball back and extended their lead
by as many as eight. The Panthers maintained control of the game as Rollins took their first time out at 6-15. The Tars came out swinging and fought their
way back making it a two point game and forcing a Panther time out at 18-16. Three quick kills gave the Tars the lead, but the Panthers got right back in
to tie it up at 22. The rest of the game was point-for-point, but in the end Rollins took the game 30-28. Game two started out evenly matched with multiple
ties and lead changes into the teens. Tech managed to gain a two point advantage, but Rollins kept it close and tied the match again at 20. The game
remained tight throughout the 20s and the Panthers tied the match with a win 30-28. Tech struggled in the beginning of game three trailing by five. The
Tars maintained control extending their lead 19-10 before the Panthers got the ball back. It didn’t last long as Rollins convincingly took game three 30-17
out hitting Tech .270 to .000. Tech got off to a better start in game four leading by three points. The Panthers maintained control throughout the teens
and extended their lead to six. Tech capitalized on the Tars over passes getting three kills bringing the game to 26-18. With a win 30-19 Tech forced a
An intense deciding game started evenly matched with a 4-4 tie. The Panthers had the lead with a score of 8-5 at the switch. Both teams were scrambling
defensively through the next few points which narrowed the margin to two. Rollins took a time out at Tech match point 14-11. The Tars put up a strong
fight, but Jessie Metzger drove the final kill as Tech took the game 15-13 and the match three games to two.
This is the second time in program history that the Panthers have finished a season with 21 wins. The first time was in 2001. Tech has now closed out a
phenomenal season with a 21-12 overall record and 4-12 Sunshine State Conference record.