Volleyball Shipwrecks Barry In Straight Sets

BOCA RATON – Devon Woolard recorded a double-double 33 assists and 15 digs to lead the Lynn University volleyball team to an impressive straight-set victory (25-17, 25-18, 25-17) over Sunshine State Conference rival Barry Wednesday night at LU's de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center. 

Winners of four straight, the Fighting Knights improve to 17-7 overall and 8-3 in the SSC while the Buccaneers fall to 13-4 overall and 8-3 in league play.

Woolard recorded double-digit assists in the first and deciding sets to quarterback Lynn's offensive which hit .371 for the match.  Woolard also was impressive with her attacks with five kills on eight swings.  She also recorded a pair of service aces.

Seniors Kala Abdell, Katie Bradley and Sophie Gagnon all had eight kills apiece to lead the Fighting Knights while Gagnon hit an error-free .615 on the night.  Fellow senior Haley Pratt also had six kills with zero errors to hit .600 for the match while sophomore Chelsey Semprini posted six kills with just one error to hit .294.

Defensively, the Fighting Knights recorded 16 total blocks, with five coming off the hands of Abdell.  Pratt and Gagnon both had four blocks apiece while Lacy Redwine collected a match-high 17 digs, holding the Bucs to a .147 hitting percentage.  Redwine is now just 17 digs away from tying the program career record.

Abdell led the Knights in the opening set with five kills on .364 hitting. Woolard nearly collected a double-double in the first frame with 15 assists and eight digs.  The Blue & White hit .378 in the first set and after tying the match at 1-1, they never looked back to win, 25-17.

Despite hitting a match-low .296 in the second, Lynn still took the stanza, 25-18 behind three kills and eight assists by Woolard.  The Fighting Knights were also helped by six service errors by the Bucs.  The frame featured 11 ties with the final coming at 11 points apiece.  Lynn scored the next three points on kills by Woolard and Abdell to force a Barry timeout.  After BU scored the next point to cut the lead to 14-12, that was as close as the Bucs would get.

Lynn hit a match-high .440 in the deciding game with 12 kills and just one error while holding Barry to a mere .056 percentage.  Despite getting just one kill in the final set, Abdell stepped up her defense in the deciding set and recorded four blocks.  Gagnon led the squad with five points in the final set with three kills, an ace and a pair of blocks while Pratt also had three kills and a pair of blocks.

LU is back in action Sunday, October 31, when they travel to NovaSoutheastern University for a 2:00 pm conference matchup.  The matchwill be televised on a tape delay on BECON-TV.  Fans can follow the action live by logging on to www.LynnFightingKnights.com and clicking on "Game Central."