Volleyball Starts 2-0 at South Region Crossover

Volleyball Starts 2-0 at South Region Crossover

Carrollton, Ga. - Lynn University's volleyball team got itself off to a solid start at this weekend's South Region Crossover on Friday, defeating Union (Tenn.), 3-1, and West Alabama, 3-0, on the tournament's opening day.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP: Match One
Final: Lynn 3, Union 1 (25-16, 25-15, 25-22, 25-19)
Records: Lynn (9-7), Union (5-12)
Location: The Coliseum | Carrollton, Ga.
Series: Lynn leads 2-0 (Last meeting 2014)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Set 1 | After falling behind early (11-5), Lynn tied the score at 14-14 then closed out the set on a 6-0 run. Cleuza Porto converted four of her seven attacks to lead the offense.
  • Set 2 | The Fighting Knights had their best hitting performance of the match (.333) as Claire Angelich was perfect on the attack with five kills.
  • Set 3 | Union posted its only positive hitting percentage of the match in the third set and utilized it for the win to prevent the Lynn sweep.
  • Set 4 | Lydia West recorded four blocks in the final set to help Lynn secure the victory.

STAT OF THE MATCH:

  • Angelich and Porto led the offense with 12 kills each, while Nicol Colonna was right behind with nine.
  • West finished with a match-high five blocks and tacked on eight kills.
  • Marissa Tandron distributed 41 assists, while Katie Knight recorded a team-high 12 digs.
  • Knight and Shanotta Bawek each served up three aces.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP: Match Two
Final: Lynn 3, West Alabama 0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-16)
Records: Lynn (10-7), West Alabama (7-13)
Series: Lynn leads 7-1 (Last meeting 2015)

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Set 1 | Lynn fell behind early again in the opener (5-0) but closed out on a 10-4 run. West started off the match with five kills on eight attacks and nabbed a solo block.
  • Set 2 | The Blue & White defense was on point as Knight and Porto combined for 15 digs. UWA stayed close throughout but Lynn never gave up its lead.
  • Set 3 | Lynn dominated the third set to cap of Friday's action, hitting .393 with 17 kills. Morgan Dulaney caught fire with six strikes.

STAT OF THE MATCH:

  • Dulaney was the only player from either team to reach double-digit kills (10), but a trio of Fighting Knights were not far behind. West and Porto recorded nine apiece and Cristina Llorens tallied seven.
  • Knight surpassed double-digit digs for the third consecutive match (12) while Llorens and Porto each added 11.
  • Tandron recorded 35 assists and six digs. Knight served two more aces, while Jayden Davila-McClary tallied eight digs and two aces.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Tandron's 35 assists against UWA marks a new season-high in three-set matches.
  • In two matches against UWA this season, Dulaney has combined for 29 kills while hitting .466.

UP NEXT:
Lynn wraps up play in the crossover tournament during the first slate of matches tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 17 with a 10 a.m. matchup against Shorter.