BOCA RATON, Fla.—Lynn University's volleyball team made quick work of the Valdosta St. Blazers on the back of some stellar defensive play with 14 total team block assists and held the Blazers to a mere .079 team hitting percentage in a 3-0 blanking on Saturday in the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational.
Angie Caple led Lynn defensively, tying a career-best mark with five block assists. Brittany Brown added four block assists and Briana Cox chipped in with three.
Set one totaled 14 ties and five lead changes in the closest set of the match. With the score tied at 20, the Blue & Where was able to create some separation from Valdosta on a kill by Shannon Dugan followed by a Caple and Brown block and then a Valdosta attack error to make it a 23-20 game. The Blazers closed the gap to two before Brown ended the set with a kill on an over pass.
In set two, the match see-sawed back and forth with the score tied at nine before Lynn collected the next three points and forced a Blazers' timeout. From the TO, Lynn closed out the set with a 13-7 run to capture the 25-16 set win. Cox, Dugan and Brown all collected three kills each with the Lynn defense allowing Valdosta a -.038 team hitting percentage in the set.
Valdosta refused to go quietly into the night and posted a 12-9 advantage over the Fighting Knights in set three. Lynn rallied and tallied five-straight points to post a 14-12 lead and forced a Blazers timeout. The Fighting Knights never relinquished the lead the rest of the match and dropped the Blazers 25-23 in the third and final set.
Cox and Dugan led the way for the Fighting Knights with nine kills apiece while Brown added eight and Lizzy Raffa totaled seven. Senior setter Abbey Brokop had 18 assists while Mandy McIntosh checked in with 10.
Lynn concludes play in the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. versus Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. Fans can catch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.