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St. Leo ranked ninth in soccer

Wins over Rollins College and Queens College have propelled the Saint Leo soccer team into the NCAA Division II South Region rankings for the first time since 1988.

The Monarchs are ranked ninth after defeating Rollins, then ranked sixth in the region, 2-0 on Sept. 23 and beating Queens, then ranked eighth, 3-2 on Sept 26.

A subsequent 2-1 loss to Wofford College dropped Saint Leo to 5-3 overall. The Monarchs are 1-1 in the Sunshine State conference with the Rollins win and a 13-0 loss to nationally ranked Florida Tech.

Philip Pooler, the Monarchs' sophomore center midfielder, leads the team with four goals and five assists, making him 10th in South Region scoring. Steve Alvarez has four goals and three assists, placing him 15th in the region.

Weather permitting, Saint Leo resumes play today with a home game against conference opponent Barry, ranked fifth in the South Region and 17th in the nation for Division II. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

PHCC volleyball: It was close, but no cigar for the Pasco Hernando Community College volleyball team, which fell to 10-6 overall, 2-2 in the Suncoast Conference after a tough 16-14, 15-12, 16-18, 15-11 loss Thursday to conference opponent Manatee.

The Conquistadors reached the semifinals of the South Florida Tournament in Avon Park last weekend before losing 15-2, 15-6 to Miami-Dade Wolfson. PHCC notched victories ver Broward CC, Brevard CC and Manatee CC, losing to Wolfson and Florida CC-Jacksonville.

Saint Leo volleyball: The volleyball team continued to travel a rocky road last weekend, going to St. Petersburg for the Eckerd Invitational Tournament.

The Monarchs went 1-4 there, falling to Armstrong State, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Bentley and Troy State. The team's sole win was over Bethune Cookman. The silver lining was the naming of Monarchs junior setter Missy Olin to the All-Tournament team.

The Monarchs lost to Rollins 15-3, 15-4, 15-4 at Winter Park on Sept. 23, dropping them to 0-2 in the SSC, 3-6 overall.