Volleyball Rolls Lees-McRae in Barry Classic Opener

Miami Shores, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball squad opened the 2016 Barry University Classic in solid form Friday evening, cruising to a three-set victory over Lees-McRae. It marks the first sweep of the season for the Fighting Knights and the fourth consecutive win.


INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final:
Lynn 3, Lees-McRae 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-9)
Records: Lynn (4-1), Lees-McRae (1-4)
Location: HSC | Miami Shores, Fla.
Series History: First-ever meeting
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Set 1 | The sides traded points at the onset of the match with the Fighting Knights securing the first late advantage, 15-12. An ensuing 9-1 run quickly brought up set point, as Lydia West put away the kill for a 1-0 lead. The Fighting Knights received a balanced effort on the attack in the opener with four players notching three or more kills and hitting a solid .407 as a unit. Katie Knight opened up with six digs on defense. 
  • Set 2 | Lynn trailed early in set two but a Nicol Colonna service ace kickstarted a 12-4 run that thrust her squad into the lead late. Despite eight errors in the frame, Lynn held on to go up 2-0 behind four kills from Cleuza Porto and three blocks from West.
  • Set 3 | The final stanza was all Blue & White as they rushed out to a large 22-6 advantage before closing out the sweep. Porto put away five of her six swings and combined with Elna Argen for a pair of blocks as only two attack errors for the team boosted the Fighting Knights to their best hitting frame of the match (.417).

STATS OF THE MATCH:

  • Porto posted a team-high kill total (13) for the fourth time this season on an efficient .385 clip. Her two block assists marks a season-high.
  • West finished next with eight kills, swinging over .300 for the fourth time on the year and led the team with a season-high five blocks.
  • Setter Marissa Tandron offered a balanced effort of three kills, 30 assists, five digs and four blocks. Libero Katie Knight recorded a match-high 16 digs.
  • Colonna finished with six kills, three aces and six digs while Cristina Llorens put away half of her attempts with no errors.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Despite playing in only three sets for the first time this season, Lynn's eight total blocks as a team is a season-high.
  • Porto has notched double figures in the kill column every match so far this season.
  • Friday marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
  • After a loss in the season-opener to 11th-ranked Rockhurst, the Fighting Knights have gone on a 4-0 run. The last time Lynn won four straight was in October of 2014.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights are back at Barry tomorrow morning to close out the Classic with an 11 a.m. matchup against Southern Connecticut State followed by a 5 p.m. contest with Valdosta State.