Melbourne, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball team ended its two-game road trip on a down note, falling to Florida Tech 3-1 (17-25, 26-24, 22-25, 23-25). Angie Caple and Brianna Cox both recorded 15 kills while Cox added five total blocks. Abbey Brokop posted another double-double with 35 assists and 11 digs. Lynn drops to 10-8 overall and 2-6 in the Sunshine State Conference. Florida Tech improves to 13-6 and 4-4 in SSC play.
The Fighting Knights fell behind early in the opening set and would not never be able to recover, losing 25-17. Down 17-8, LU mixed-up the rotation by bringing in Shauna Shortal, who would help bring the team back into the game at 19-14. The freshman would try to spark another run with a kill and service ace, pulling Lynn to 23-17, but two Panthers points ended the potential threat. Shortal had two kills while Cox and Caple led the team with three apiece. Jordan captained the defense with five digs.
The second set would begin with both squads exchanging points before a 5-0 run gave Florida Tech (13-6, 4-4 SSC) the 11-6 advantage. Lynn battled back to within two at 14-12 but a 5-1 response from the Panthers extended the lead to 19-13. Facing set point the Blue & White scored four straight to tie the match at 24-24 but FIT would score the final two points. Lynn outhit Florida Tech as Angie Caple led both sides with seven kills in the set. Abbey Brokop had a team-high eight assists and Darrian Weppner added 10 digs.
Facing elimination, Lynn responded under pressure to win the third set 25-22. The Fighting Knights held the advantage until a 3-0 run gave the Panthers the 14-12 lead. Florida Tech would again see a two-point advantage late in the set at 20-18 but it was followed by a 6-0 run from LU to bring about set point. Cox produced five kills and Shannon Dugan led the team with six digs in the back.
Florida Tech ended the match in the fourth set, grabbing an 11-7 lead and later extending its advantage to 16-9. An 8-2 LU run put pressure on FIT and forced the Panthers into a timeout but Lynn could not complete the comeback, falling 25-23.
The Blue & White return to the hardwood on Friday, October 19, making their third trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they will take on West Alabama at 3 p.m. Fans can follow the action at LynnFightingKnights.com or by following @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.