Holly Reschke posted 33 kills in the Spartans two victories
Holly Reschke posted 33 kills in the Spartans two victories

Tampa Rolls to Top Five Takedown

PENSACOLA, Fla. – After suffering a top ten loss in their last matchup, the No. 2 University of Tampa volleyball team tallied a pair of tough victories against the No. 5 University of Central Missouri and the University of West Florida.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

The pair of wins give the Spartans a 3-1 season record while the Jennies take their first loss at 3-1.  The hosting Argonauts end the Hemingway’s Island Grill Tournament 1-3.

Junior Holly Reschke paced the day’s offense, totaling 33 kills while Danielle Selkridge posted 28 swats for the UT squad.  Senior Jessica Yingling posted a pair of double-doubles while setter Kahley Patrick amassed 90 assists.  Yingling and Selkridge were named to the All-Tournament team with their performances both days.

Tampa took its top five matchup against Central Missouri in five set (14-25, 22-25, 25-11, 27-25, 15-8) as the Spartans came back to win 3-2 after dropping the first two frames. 

Junior Reschke sparked the Tampa comeback as she grounded 18 kills on the match.  Selkridge hit a blazing  .581 as the senior swatted 20 kills to lead the Spartan squad.  Freshman Marissa Lisenbee provided some much needed defense as she posted five blocks to go along with her seven kills.  The right side hit at an errorless .438 clip to ignite the UT attack after losing the first two sets.

Selkridge and sophomore Jackie Neff amassed four blocks each, as sophomore Neff also landed nine kills without an error on the match.  Libero Frances Cardenas and senior Yingling  provided some much needed defense, tallying 16 digs each.  Outside hitting Yingling picked up her first double-double as she had 10 kills to go along with her double digit digs.

Setter Patrick set 49 attacks in the close win while libero Kendall Putnam posted a career high nine digs along with her two service aces in the start.

Central Missouri posted double-double of their own as Aubri Renshaw led all players with 26 kills to go along with her11 digs on the loss.  Jennie libero Annie Reilly held the defensive tempo with 15 digs.

The Spartans won their second match against the hosting West Florida in three sets (25-20, 25-23, 25-22).  Reschke led the attack with 15 kills followed closely by Yingling who swatted 13.  The duo also notched nine and 13 digs respectively as sophomore Patrick posting a double-double with 41 assists and 11 digs.

The Spartans will continue their road trip as they head to Denver, Colo. to the Colorado Premier Tournament, with their first matchup against Abilene Christian for Friday, Sept. 7th at noon.

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