August 30, 2016
Gainesville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints took the defending FCSAA Champions to the brink on Tuesday night in Tampa, pushing Hillsborough CC to five sets before falling to the Hawks in a closely contested match. The loss drops SF to 3-2.
Santa Fe led 19-15 in the first set, but a 10-3 run by the Hawks led to a HCC victory and a 1-0 lead. The Saints bounced back in the second set for a 25-1 win, but HCC again answered in the third, handling SF 25-19 for the 2-1 advantage.
The Saints extended the match with a 25-21 win in the fourth set, forcing a fifth and decisive set.
With the score tied 10-10, back to back errors on a serve and then on serve reception put SF in a hole they couldn't recover from. The Hawks held on to the lead and won 15-12, taking the match 3-2.
Coach Nick Cheronis was positive after the match, expressing his hope that the game was a learning experience.
"If we learned how hard it is to beat a good team on the road, then it was a great trip," said Cheronis.
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