Volleyball Drops Close Contest at Barry

Miami Shores, Fla. – Lynn University versus Barry is always hotly contested, no matter the sport, and Tuesday's volleyball meeting was no different.  Unfortunately, the Fighting Knights came up short 3-2 (21-25, 26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 12-15) against the Buccaneers despite tying a program record with eight solo blocks, including Brittany Brown tying the school mark with five solo blocks.  Lynn drops to 9-3 overall and 2-2 in the Sunshine State Conference.

The Fighting Knights' middle blockers Brianna Cox and Brown came up big on both sides of the ball, combining for 28 of the team's 57 kills.  Cox had a team-best 15 kills on a match-high .480 hitting percentage.  

Lynn started off hot with a 4-1 lead in the opening set but the Buccaneers were able to win five of the next six points to go ahead 6-5.  The Blue & White held Barry to a mere .200 hitting percentage but could not overcome seven attacking errors.

Set two was back and forth from the get-go as neither team had opportunities to pull away.  The game would go to whoever wanted it most and LU proved its mettle by sneaking away 26-24. 

The Fighting Knights dominated the third set en route to a 25-18 victory.  Leading by as many as 11 points, Lynn kept the Bucs at a .000 hitting percentage as Brown and Cox plugged the middle and Michelle Jordan spread herself across the back row.

An injury to a Bucs player in the fourth set appeared to motivate Barry as it rebounded to win 25-22 and force the deciding fifth game.

The start did not go as planned for LU, trailing 4-0 following a pair of attacking errors.  But led by Lizzy Raffa and Shannon Dugan, Lynn battled back to 8-7 and later tied the game at 11.  Barry, though, was able to take the match behind attacks from Tania Torres, who accounted for two of her match-high 19 kills over the final four points.

Abbey Brokop and Mandy McIntosh combined for 47 assists while Jordan (23), Dugan (13) and Raffa (10) each logged double-figure digs.

The Fighting Knights return to the court on Saturday, September 29, when they take on August State and Armstrong Atlantic in Savannah, Ga.  Fans can catch the action at LynnFightingKnights.com.  Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.