VOLLEYBALL

Senior Jessica Yingling led all Spartans with 33 kills for the two matches
Senior Jessica Yingling led all Spartans with 33 kills for the two matches

New Look Spartans Split Opening Day

PENSACOLA, Fla. –  The No. 2 ranked University of Tampa volleyball team split its opening day of matches, picking up a victory against Lock Haven University (3-1)and a loss to the University of Indianapolis (2-3).

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

The split puts the Spartans at an even 1-1 to start the 2012 campaign.  Seniors Jessica Yingling and Danielle Selkridge ended the day with 33 and 29 kills respectively with Selkridge amassing 13 kills on the day.

The Spartans took their first set of the season against Lock Haven University in four sets (25-14, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18) to sit 1-0 on the season while the Lady Eagles drop their premier match for a 0-1 tally.

Selkridge notched 17 kills in her first season removed from leading the nation in attack percentage while also blocking four LHU swings.  Yingling followed with a 14kill showing.  Holly Reschke and Jackie Neff grounded nine and seven kills respectively while freshman Jessica Wagner swatted six.  The middle tallied five blocks in her first collegiate match.

Sophomore setter Kahley Patrick assisted 40 UT attacks while also swinging a perfect 5-for-5 in kills.  Sloane Bâby led the defense with 10 digs to round out the team victory.

Lock Haven was led by senior Gao Xuan, tallying 17 kills in the loss.  Libero Erin Walsh led the defensive tempo, digging 19 Tampa attacks to lead all players on the match.

The second match of the day saw a top ten showdown between No. 2 Spartans and No. 10 ranked Indianapolis Greyhounds with the latter edging the Spartan squad in five sets.

Yingling led the team with 19 kills as middle tandem Selkridge and Meagan Burke grounded 12 apiece.  Burke swung a scorching .588 attack percentage to lead the offense.  Five Spartans tallied double digit digs with Libero Frances Cardenas leading with 12.

The Spartan returns to action tomorrow, facing a pair of familiar foes in No. 5 Central Missouri and host University of West Florida.  Game one against UCM will start at 11:30a.m. and the final match of the tournament featuring UWF will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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