Lakeland, Fla. - The Lynn University volleyball team fell in five sets to North Alabama, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 15-11 Friday morning at the Jenkins Field House on the campus of Florida Southern College. Kala Abdell and Chelsea Semprini led the Fighting Knights with 14 kills apiece.
Lynn actually outhit North Alabama for the match, .267 to .244 and recorded 11 blocks to just six for the Lions. The Blue & White also got double-digit kills from Katie Bradley with 11 and Haley Pratt with ten. Bradley also had six blocks on the day, while Sophie Gagnon had a game-high eight. Gagnon also added nine kills.
The deciding set went to UNA, 15-11 as they outhit LU, .429 to .333. The Lions were helped out by a pair of Lynn service aces to take the match.
The first two sets and the second two sets saw two different Fighting Knights teams. In the first two sets, Lynn hit just .195 and only recorded three blocks. In sets three and four, the Knights blocked eight Lions' swings and hit .336.
In the opener, North Alabama got out to a hot start but after a Lynn timeout, the Knights fought back and even took a 16-15 lead after a 11-3 run which included consecutive aces by Redwine. The Lions regained their composure and then scored four unanswered. LU would fight back again, cutting the lead to 24-23 but a UNA kill clinched the opener. The Lions outhit the Fighting Knights .263 to .086 and recorded five blocks.
The Fighting Knights hit .277 in the second set but it was not enough to get the victory as the Lions hit .333. Semprini recorded a set-high six kills on .385 hitting to lead the offense for Lynn while Gagnon, Bradley and Pratt all recorded three kills apiece. Redwine tallied nine digs in the set.
Lynn took the third set, 25-22 in a game that was neck-and-neck throughout with eight ties and three lead changes. The Knights outhit the Lions .308 to .095 and got three blocks from Gagnon to force a set four.
LU outhit UNA .364 to .057 to take the fourth set, 25-18, forcing a deciding frame. Like the previous three sets, Lynn got contributions from several different players. This time around, Kala Abdell dished out five kills. The Fighting Knights also got five blocks in the set, including three apiece by Gagnon and Semprini.
The Blue & White play later today at 2:30 pm against West Florida. Fans can follow the action live by logging on to www.LynnFightingKnights.com and selecting "Game Central."