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.
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.