BOCA RATON- Lynn University's volleyball team defeated Rollins College in four sets (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16) in a Sunshine state Conference match Tuesday night at LU's de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center. Senior Mallory Deneen posted a career-high 21.5 points on the night on 17 kills, three aces and three total blocks. The outside hitter also recorded 11 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.
The victory gives the Fighting Knights a 15-7 overall record, improving to 6-3 in conference play. With the loss, Rollins falls to an identical 15-7 record and 4-5 in league matches.
Deneen swung .268 on the night with a dominating second set where she posted seven kills, a pair of aces and block assist. The native of Santa Fe, N.M., was also impressive in the deciding set with four more kills to go with an ace and a block.
The Fighting Knights also got an impressive performance from senior Katie Bradley who finished with 16 kills. Sophie Gagnon and Chelsey Semprini recorded 12 kills apiece while Haley Pratt swung .500 on the night with nine kills and a match-high five total blocks.
For the match, Lynn outhit Rollins .311 to .236 and recorded eight blocks to just five from Rollins.
Bradley led LU in the opening set with six kills on 11 swings for a .455 hitting percentage as Lynn took the first set, 25-21. The Blue & White outhit the Tars .302 to .140 in the opener. Rollins scored the opening point, but Lynn never trailed after that.
Behind Deneen, Lynn jumped out to an early lead in the second but Rollins would come back to take a two-point lead at 22-20. Lynn then scored the next three points on kills by Gagnon and Semprini sandwiching a block by Deneen and Woolard to force a Tars' timeout. Rollins would tie the score but kills by Gagnon and Semprini clinched the set.
The third set featured eight ties but just one lead change as Rollins came back from a 15-9 deficit to take the frame, 25-23. Lynn was outhit .293 to .190 in the set.
Rollins quickly took the lead in the fourth and forced a timeout by Lynn with a 10-7 advantage. The Fighting Knights obviously responded from the break as they scored eight straight points behind three points from Deneen. Rollins would get as close as 16-13 but Lynn closed out the match on a 9-3 run.
Lynn is back in action Saturday, October 23, when they host Florida Southern in a key SSC matchup at 7 pm. The conference matchup is also a 'Pink Out' for the Fighting Knights and all fans wearing pink to the match will receive free admission. Fans can follow the action live by logging on to www.LynnFightingKnights.com and selecting "Game Central."