BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball team had a minor spook at Grandview Prep versus Nova Southeastern but prevailed in four sets 25-20, 17-25, 28-26, 25-8. The Fighting Knights spread the ball around having three players reach double-digits in kills and digs in the Sunshine State Conference match. Double-doubles from Shannon Dugan and Abbey Brokop helped Lynn improve to 14-9 overall and 4-7 in the SSC while the Sharks fall to 4-22 and 1-9 in the conference.
The Fighting Knights controlled the opening set from the outset, starting off by scoring the first three points. Lynn saw its biggest lead of the set at 14-5 and never let the Sharks back in. Led by Lizzy Raffa and her five kills, the Blue & White outhit NSU .344 to .106.
A different Sharks team came to the court in set two, taking the early 6-1 advantage and maintaining the lead the entire set. Brianna Cox recorded two consecutive service aces to go with three kills and a block.
In the critical third set, the Fighting Knights would give up the first point but respond with three consecutive points to retake the early lead. A tight game carried into extra points as neither team could pull away. Lynn did not earn its first set point until Angie Caple came down with a kill to make it 27-26. Caple and Dugan each had five kills in the set and Michelle Jordan logged seven digs.
The Fighting Knights put the nail in the coffin in the fourth set to end the match. Lynn's defense forced Nova Southeastern into a -0.062 hitting percentage while Caple and Raffa each hit over .600 as Lynn hit .353 as a team. Cox and Caple each had two assisted blocks and Raffa had a solo block in the set.
Lynn has the upcoming weekend off from action but returns with a pair of road games starting on Friday, November 9, in St. Petersburg, Fla., at Eckerd. Fans can catch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and by following @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.