TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa is headed to the national third round after a 3-0 sweep of its rival Florida Southern.
The win put the Spartans at a 29-3 season, while the Mocs ended with a 22-12 overall record.
Tampa coasted off of a Holly Reschke double-double as the junior led the squad in kills (14) and digs (10). Senior duo Danielle Selkridge and Jessica Yingling each grounded double-digit kills with 11 and 10, respectively. Setter Kahley Patrick led the offensive with a .313 clip, assisting 27 Spartan swings.
The trio of defenders in Reschke, Selkridge and Meagan Burke blocked four attacks each to limit the Mocs to a .157 attack percentage. Libero Frances Cardenas and Sloane Bâby each contributed eight digs to the defense in the Tampa triumph.
FSC hitters Kayshia Brady and Anne Pietkiewicz each had nine kills while setter Ali Skayhan spun 24 assists and led the Mocs defense with eight digs.
Reschke led Tampa to a 25-19 win in the first set, setting the tone of the game with a five kill performance. Selkridge followed with four swats, as the team swung a .435 attack percentage.
UT won its second set off another strong performance from Reschke. She grounded six attacks while Burke recorded four. The twosome led the home team to a 25-17 win in the second frame.
Senior Yingling sealed the match with a barrage of seven kills in the third set, giving the Tampa squad a trip to the third round with a 25-21 win.