Nov. 18, 2010

Courtesy of Rollins Athletics

TAMPA, Fla. -
The duo of Megan Hodges and Sarah Mendoza lifted the Tars to a 3-2 (22-25, 28-26, 14-25, 25-23, 15-9) victory over SSC-foe Florida Southern to advance to the next round of the NCAA South Regional Tournament hosted by the University of Tampa.

Rollins' 3-2 victory over the Mocs was only the sixth in program history and the third for head coach Sindee Snow. The last time the Tars (22-9) defeated Florida Southern was in 2005 in three sets at the Jenkins Field House in Lakeland.

With the win, Rollins advances to the next round where they will face the winner between West Florida and North Alabama tomorrow at 5 p.m. The win marks the first in postseason play for Rollins.

Coming up big for Rollins was SSC Freshman of the Year Megan Hodges as she notched 21 kills for a .241 attack percentage, to go along with eight digs. Hodges secured the win for the Tars in game five after a costly Mocs error put up match point for Rollins.

Sarah Mendoza put up a match-high 26 kills for a .361 attack percentage, along with 15 digs for her 21st double-double and tied her season-high of five blocks.

For the seventh time this season, the Tars found themselves in a fifth set situation. Rollins dropped games one (25-22) and three (25-14), but evened the match out with wins in games two (28-26) and four (25-23).

Picking up their first win of the match in game two, the Tars played an intense set as the game saw 19 ties and five lead changes. Rollins played it out until the end after a 26-all tie by Florida Southern. On the next serve, Hodges killed the ball and an attack error by FSC's Ashley Martin gave the Tars the final point.

Game four was another intense game for Rollins with 10 ties, but this time Rollins never gave up a lead. The Tars won the set by two points in the same fashion as they did game two.

Tied at two matches apiece, Rollins came out of the gates fierce taking a 4-0 lead over the Mocs forcing a Jill Stephens timeout. The Tars continued putting pressure on Florida Southern as Rollins led by as many as seven.

With Rollins up 13-6, the Mocs scored back-to-back points forcing a Sindee Snow timeout. The Tars would commit their final error of the set before taking advantage of a Florida Southern error to give them match point. A kill by Megan Hodges would secure the win for Rollins and would make history as the Tars advance to the next round of the tournament.

The Tars continue their run at the NCAA Volleyball Championship as they face the winner of West Florida and North Alabama tomorrow afternoon at 5 at the Bob Martinez Sports Center.