Volleyball’s Near Comeback Bid Falls Short in Heartbreaking Loss to Sharks

Volleyball’s Near Comeback Bid Falls Short in Heartbreaking Loss to Sharks

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball team fought to the very last point on Tuesday night, falling behind 2-0 to Nova Southeastern before clawing back to force a deciding fifth set. The valiant effort was not enough as the Fighting Knights fell 17-15 in the final frame to give the Sharks a 3-2 Sunshine State Conference victory.

Final: Nova Southeastern 3, Lynn 2 (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 24-26, 17-15)
Records: Nova Southeastern (14-7, 5-3 SSC), Lynn (11-8, 2-6 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series: Lynn leads 21-19 (Last meeting 2015)
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  • Set 1 | Neither team held more than a three-point lead until the Sharks fired off a 9-0 run to go up 21-11. A string of kills brought Lynn within four (24-20), but it was too late. The Fighting Knights had their best hitting output of the night (.300), but Nova played big up front with five blocks.
  • Set 2 | Both sides traded blows to a 20-20 draw until three Nova kills fueled a 5-0 run to close out the set and put Lynn up against the wall.
  • Set 3 | The Blue & White trailed late in the set (19-16) and were on the verge of elimination. Cristina Llorens and Cleuza Porto put the squad back in front as Porto capped off the set with three straight kills.
  • Set 4 | Porto and Llorens combined for another nine kills as Lynn fought from behind again (20-13). A 10-2 run allowed the home side to take the fourth game 26-24 and force a deciding set.
  • Set 5 | The Fighting Knights dug a hole early, falling behind 4-0. At 15-15, two errors for Lynn halted the comeback and gave the match to NSU in five.


  • Porto was fed the ball early and often, logging a career-high 22 kills on 69 attempts and rounded out the double-double with 10 digs.
  • Claire Angelich led the front line with five blocks (three solo) and added seven kills.
  • Llorens was one kill shy of the double-double as she was one of five Fighting Knights with double-digit digs.
  • Katie Knight logged a match-high 19 digs. Jayden Davila-McClary picked up 10 digs while Marissa Tandron added 12 and guided the offense with 48 assists.
  • Lydia West tallied six kills and four blocks. Shanotta Bawek led the squad with three aces.
  • This was the second five-set match for Lynn this season.
  • The five-set marathon took two hours and 20 minutes to complete.
  • Nova Southeastern is 6-0 in five-set matches this season.
  • Porto's 22 kills is a career-high for the first-year junior and is the highest output from a Fighting Knight this season.
The Fighting Knights host first-place and defending national champions Tampa University this Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.