Volleyball Hosts Rollins, Florida Southern

BOCA RATON – After a disappointing performance at the South Region Crossover last week, the Lynn University volleyball team will need to be on top of their game when they host a pair of Sunshine State Conference rivals this week.  The Fighting Knights battle Rollins on Tuesday, October 19, and Florida Southern on Saturday, October 23.  Both matches are 7 pm starts with the latter being a 'Pink Out'.  All fans who wear Pink to the match on Saturday night will receive free admission.

The Fighting Knights (14-7, 5-3 SSC) dropped a five-set match to North Alabama and a four-setter to West Florida before shellacking the Tigers of West Alabama in three sets last week.  Kala Abdell led the Blue & White's attack with 31 kills and looked unstoppable on several occasions throughout the week.  Sophie Gagnon also had a big week with 19 total blocks in three matches.

A well balanced team, Lynn has gotten contributions across the board with just 46 kills separating the top six attackers.  Katie Bradley and Chelsey Semprini lead the squad with 179 kills with Mallory Deneen just behind at 174.  Devon Woolard has stepped up her play recently quarterbacking the offense while seniors Lacy Redwine, Sophie Gagnon and Haley Pratt lead the defense.

Lynn is very familiar with both the Tars and Moccasins having played both rivals earlier this season, going 1-1 in those matches.  The Fighting Knights were victorious over Rollins in five sets before falling in four to the Mocs.

Winners of five straight matches, Rollins enters the week just a game behind Lynn in the conference standings at 15-6 overall and 4-4 in the SSC.  The Tars feature Sarah Mendoza and Megan Hodges, who ranks second and third in the league in kills.  Lynn is just 12-15 all-time against Rollins, but has won the last eight meetings.

Florida Southern (16-5, 6-2 SSC) had won seven straight matches before falling to West Florida in straight sets on October 16.  Lauren Huber is one of the top players in the conference, ranking near the top in both kills (2.44/set) and hitting percentage (.373).  FSC holds a 21-6 series advantage but the Knights have held tough against the Mocs lately, going 4-5 in the last nine games including sweeping Florida Southern last season and in 2007.

Fans can follow the action of both games live by logging on to www.LynnFightingKnights.com and selecting "Game Central."