WINTER PARK, Fla. – No. 7 Tampa (8-2) defeated Rollins College (6-6) in three sets in its Sunshine State Conference opener.
The Spartans travelled to Rollins and performed efficiently, winning by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.
Jessica Yingling and Danielle Selkridge paced the Spartans with 12 kills apiece, contributing to the 49 total kills on the night. Equally effective was the UT defense, which totaled nine blocks and 72 digs.
Tampa displayed a solid defense right from the opening set, leading to a 25-13 win. Three solo blocks and 17 total digs held Rollins to a .059 attack percentage. Jen Scholz led the Spartans with 5 digs in the opening set. On the offensive side, the attacks were evenly distributed, with four Spartans recording 3 or more kills.
The second set was dominated by middle blocker Danielle Selkridge and outside hitter Jessica Yingling, as they led Tampa to a 25-19 victory. Selkridge connected for six kills on eight swings, posting an outstanding .625 kill percentage. Yingling added five kills on the set, while also contributing seven digs on defense. Setter Kahley Patrick recorded 14 assists on the set.
Tampa continued its play into the third set and defeated Rollins 25-14. Holly Reschke completed her productive night with 11 kills. The Spartans as a team connected for 16 kills on 45 total attacks in the third set. Outside hitter Jackie Neff and middle blocker Meagan Burke added seven and six kills to finish off the Tars.