The Panthers Fall 3-1 in SSC Volleyball Action to Tars
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Despite falling 3-to-1 the Florida Tech Panthers (2-25, 0-11) took their first game in over seven matches playing two tight sets with
conference opponent the Rollins College Tars (16-10, 5-6) tonight at the Clemente Center. The game scores were 30-24, 32-30, 28-30 and 30-15.
Tonight’s match was the first time in a while that Tech was not hitting in the negative percentages for all four sets. In the first game, the crimson and
gray strikers hit .182 with 13 kills; game two brought one of the best fought battles of the season with 15 kills and eight knotted scores.
Game three brought some excitement back to the Clemente Center when the Tech team overcame the Tars to out hit them .256 to .216 proving victorious. The
score constantly see-sawed back and forth with nine lead changes and the scoreboard knotted a season high seventeen times.
The final game, the Tars took the early lead and never looked back winning by 15 points in the end; Tech hit .172 to Rollins’ match high .321 for the
Senior outside hitter Jenny McCoy (Titusville, Fla.) led her team with a .312 attack percentage, tallying 12 kills. Junior right side Jessica Metzger
(Oxford, Conn.) also added 12 kills and led Tech with 14 points. Both Metzger and McCoy both produced the two lone block solos for the evening.
Senior outside hitter Megan Konopnicki (Plano, Texas) put up double figures with eleven kills and added nine digs. Junior middle hitter Leigh Ann Brown
(Winter Park, Fla.) hit .250 for the night with five kills and the match-high five block assists.
Defensively freshman Libero Melissa Reinders picked up the match-high 22 digs for the Panthers. Junior Amanda Boyce notched another double double with 36
assists and 14 digs.
Four Tars hit in the double figures with junior outside hitter Piper Young (Dallas, Texas) having a big night with 17 kills and 17 digs.
Florida Tech will be back in action on Tuesday when the host #2 ranked University of Tampa at 7:00 p.m. at the Clemente Center.
Short Box Score (Match)
2006 Florida Tech Volleyball
Rollins vs Florida Tech (10/20/06 at Melbourne, Fla.)
Rollins def. Florida Tech 30-24,32-30,28-30,30-15
Rollins (16-10, 5-6 SSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Piper Young 17-7-1;
Lorena Orlandini 14-0-2; Christina Reinders 13-2-2; Stephanie Nichols
11-1-0; Brittainy Daiger 7-0-2; Christie Eastman 2-0-0; Nikki Swift
1-0-1; Kim Cline 0-2-0; Lacey Malarky 0-4-0; Totals 65-16-4.0.
(Assists) – Lacey Malarky 48. (Dig leaders) – Kim Cline 19; Piper
Young 17; Stephanie Nichols 15; Nikki Swift 8
Florida Tech (2-25, 0-11 SSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Jessie Metzger
12-0-3; Jenny McCoy 12-0-1; Megan Konopnicki 11-0-1; Frankie Brown
6-1-2; Leigh Ann Brown 5-0-5; Amanda Boyce 2-1-0; Rachael Joakim
1-0-0; Lindsay Foster 0-2-0; Brenna Lane 0-1-0; Katie Dobek 0-1-0;
Melissa Reinders 0-1-0; Totals 49-7-7.0. (Assists) – Amanda Boyce 36.
(Dig leaders) – Melissa Reinders 22; Amanda Boyce 14; Megan Konopnicki
Site: Melbourne, Fla. (Clemente Center)
Date: 10/20/06 Attend: 207 Time: 2:15
Referees: Mike Gale, Darrin Clarke