No. 1 Tampa beats Florida Southern
Yingling was strongest in second set hitting 6-9 with no errors
LAKELAND, Fla. -- While chasing its best start in program history, No. 1 Tampa won its road match against conference rival Florida Southern in four sets. With the win, the Spartans improved to 24-0 with a 11-0 Sunshine State Conference record while the Moccasins fell to 13-11 with a 7-5 mark in conference.
Junior Jessica Yingling led all Spartans with 15 kills with Danielle Selkridge and senior Eva Dupay came in with 11 and 10 kills respectively. The 6'2 Selkridge posted six blocks and freshman middle blocker Meagan Burke notched four. Yingling and Dupay both picked up three blocks as Tampa totaled 14 on the match.
Sophomore Holly Reschke and libero Julie Howlett paced the defense as the tandem amassed 23 and 21 digs respectively. Setters Kahley Patrick and Sloane Baby each recorded a double-double in the four set match. Both picked up 11 digs while Patrick assisted 32 attacks to Baby's 14.
The back-and-forth first set saw a bevy of Spartans recording multiple kills, with Selkridge leading Tampa with four kills on the 25-19 victory. FSC right side hitter Gabby Fernandez mirrored Selkridge's performance with four kills of her own as the Spartans pulled ahead late in the set.
The second round saw Yingling sizzle, swinging an errorless 6-for-9. Selkridge picked up three more blocks with Reschke digging out six FSC attacks. The duo helped limit the Mocs to a .083 attack percentage while the hard-hitting Spartans swung at a .517 clip with a single attack error in the second stanza.
FSC took the third set as a trio of Mocs tallied four kills each. The Spartans dropped the set by a 25-20 margin as Southern forced a fourth frame.
In the fourth frame, Dupay paced the 25-20 win with five kills. Libero Howlett got 13 digs in the fourth frame while Reschke tallied 11. The combo limited the Mocs to a .062 hitting percentage during the fourth stanza.