TAMPA, Fla — No. 2 Tampa defeated Flagler in three quick sets to improve to 21-0 on the season. The Saints fell to 16-6 as the Spartans won their 26th consecutive set.
Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week Danielle Selkridge posted four blocks while also grounding eight kills. The national leader in hitting percentage continued her tear, hitting at a .583 clip on the match.
Middle hitter Camille Hanks connected on eight of 10 attempts, committing no errors, good for a .800 attack percentage.
Junior Jessica Yingling led the Tampa squad with nine kills and seven digs while setter Sloane Bâby turned seven digs of her own on the match. The junior also notched 12 assists while freshman Kahley Patrick spun 21 assists and 6 digs.
The Spartans limited the Flagler attack to a .087 clip in the three set win. Saints duo Abby Meyers and Dianna Craine each posted 10 kills on the match with Craine and libero Casey Gnann digging out eight Spartan attacks. Flagler setter Olivia Snipes picked up 29 assists to round out the Flagler offense.
UT won its first set with a 25-18 score as Selkridge swatted four of five attempts. SSC Offensive Player of the Week Eva Dupay had four kills to round out the Tampa attack.
The second frame concluded with 25-20 margin as Hanks smacked five kills in six chances. Freshman Meagan Burke posted two blocks on the set as the Saints swung a .105.
The final set saw the Spartans off to a roaring start, leading 9-1 before a desperate Flagler team shrunk the deficit as Tampa won 25-19. Hanks killed a perfect in two attempts as Yingling and Dupay each grounded three on the final set of play.