Winter Park, Fla. – Warden Arena was electric on Friday night as the Lynn University volleyball team traded long rallies, thunderous spikes and potential match-clinching advantages with the Rollins College Tars. The Fighting Knights held on as long as they could in the fifth set, but the home side closed out the final frame, 25-23, to secure the five-set victory.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Rollins 3, Lynn 2 (25-23, 15-25, 15-25, 25-23, 25-23)
Records: Lynn (13-12, 4-9 SSC), Rollins (10-15, 5-7 SSC)
Location: Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.
Series: Lynn trails 15-23 (last meeting 2015)
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- Set 1 | After dropping the first point, Lynn went on a 12-4 run to take control of the opening frame. Rollins fired off seven straight to knot up a tie score, 21-21, and utilized the momentum for a come-from-behind victory. Lydia West put away six kills, while Cleuza Porto recorded six digs and four kills.
- Set 2 |Following a 7-6 deficit, the Fighting Knights rolled on a 10-2 run to jump out in front. Porto and West remained hot on the attack to help their team tie the match at one set apiece.
- Set 3 | Porto connected on three consecutive feeds from Marissa Tandron to get the Blue & White off to a nice start. Rollins took the lead with a 7-0 run, but the Fighting Knights countered with an 8-0 streak of their own and capped off the frame on a 5-0 run.
- Set 4 | The fourth set was a back-and-forth affair with 12 tie scores. Up 23-22, Lynn had an opportunity to close out the match but the Tars capitalized late to force a deciding fifth set.
- Set 5 | Lynn dug itself a hole early, surrendering the first five points. The Fighting Knights fought their way back but were down 14-13 against match point. Lynn stayed alive as the teams traded points. After nine match-points, the home team closed out the marathon match, 25-23.
- Porto and West each finished with career-high kill totals. Porto led all players on the floor with 23, hitting .281 and adding in a personal-best 18 digs. West set a new mark with 16 kills and led the squad with six blocks (three solo).
- Tandron played a critical part in Lynn's massive offensive output, recording 57 assists, one shy of her career-high from freshman year. She completed the double-double with 10 digs.
- Katie Knight's 24 digs ties her career-high from her freshman campaign and is the highest output from a Fighting Knight this season. Jayden Davila-McClary also notched a personal-best with 16 digs.
- Claire Angelich chipped in nine kills with four blocks while Cristina Llorens tallied nine kills and 16 digs.
- Lynn saw team season-highs in kills (69), total attacks (210), assists (62) and digs (95).
- The Tars have defeated the Fighting Knights at home each year since 2010.
- The Blue & White outperformed Rollins in nearly every stat category aside from blocks.
Lynn remains on the road tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 7 with a 7 p.m. contest at Embry-Riddle. Fans can watch the match live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.