Hodges leads Rollins to second round
Sophomore posted 22 kills while Indest added 12 in easy win
TAMPA, Fla. -- Sophomore Megan Hodges showed everyone in the Bob Martinez Center why she was an All-SSC first-team selection as she led Rollins past North Alabama 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21) in the first round of the NCAA South Region tournament.
Hodges led the Tars' offense with 22 kills on 54 swings for a .352 attack percentage to go along with nine digs and a career-high six blocks. Camille Indest chipped in 12 kills on 24 attempts for a .458 clip.
Setter Kiana Parks aided the Tars' .282 team hitting percentage with 47 assists, while Phoebe Corder led the defense with 19 digs. Both Corder and Hodges were All-SSC selections.
Rollins started off strong taking a 25-20 win in the opening frame. The Tars outhit the Lions .400-.289, while Hodges registered six kills. Rollins was able to take the lead on a kill by Hodges after a 6-6 tie. An attack error by the Lions gave the Tars a one-point advantage before Jessica Wilson gave Rollins a two-point cushion on a block solo. UNA came as close as three on several occasions, but a kill by Collyn Welsch secured the win.
The Tars continued right where they left off in the second set going on a 5-0 run to begin the frame. North Alabama then used a 9-1 run to take a 16-13 lead before the Lions then strung along another six consecutive points to extend their lead to 22-15 and evenutally took the set 25-19.
With a .324 hitting percentage in the third set, Rollins bounced back to take a 25-22 win. The Tars held the Lions to a .070 hitting percentage, as Hodges led the team with seven kills. Rollins held a seven point lead at the 22-15 mark, but UNA was able to come within two at the 23-21 mark on a kill by Natalie Marsh. A pair of kills by Indest, along with a serving error by the Lions gave the Tars the win.
In the fourth set, Rollins pulled away with a 25-21 victory after six ties and four lead changes. North Alabama came as close as one point at the 18-17 mark, but Rollins ousted the Lions by scoring three of the last five points in the set.