Miami Shores, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball team continued to roll on Saturday as the Fighting Knights closed out the 2016 Barry University Classic with a pair of victories. Lynn first swept Southern Connecticut State in the morning match before fighting back in the nightcap to dispatch Valdosta State in four sets.
Finals: Lynn 3, SCS 0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-20) | Lynn 3, VSU 1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-17, 25-13)
Records: Lynn (6-1), SCS (4-5), VSU (2-5)
Location: HSC | Miami Shores, Fla.
Series: First-ever meeting with SCS | Lynn leads 5-3 vs. VSU
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Set 1 | The Blue & White fired off a 5-0 run to start the match and never looked back, keeping at least a three-point cushion throughout the remainder of the opening set. Cristina Llorens carried the attack with four kills while Elna Argen posted up for two blocks.
- Set 2 | A strong attack clip (.417) supported Lynn to a second-set win as the Owls also featured their strongest frame of the contest. With a 16-13 lead, the Fighting Knights utilized a pair of kills form both Cleuza Porto and Lydia West to open up the tally and put away the set. Porto went a perfect 5-for-5 on the attack while Marissa Tandron dished out 11 assists.
- Set 3 | Neither side boasted a positive hitting percentage in the third, but the Fighting Knights did enough to wrap up the sweep. Lynn held the advantage the entire stanza with the help of seven digs from Katie Knight.
- Set 1 | The Fighting Knights held the first edge in the nightcap against Valdosta St. at 11-6, however a series of errors quickly launched the Blazers out in front. Lynn fought back from a 22-18 deficit to send the set to extras, but VSU held on for the 27-25 win. Porto was fed the rock a whopping 28 times, putting away eight for kills.
- Set 2 | Following a 16-16 tie, Lynn's 6-1 run opened things up to tie the match at one set apiece. West converted 4-of-8 attempts while Knight, Meghan Ulmer and Nicol Colonna locked down the defense with 5+ digs each.
- Set 3 | Knight's tear from the service line with Lynn up 20-15 secured the set-three victory. The Blue & White posted their best attack clip of the contest at .316.
- Set 4 | Lynn led the entirety of the fourth en route to the comeback match victory. Porto initiated a late 9-1 run with two quick aces that took VSU out of the contest. Colonna closed out the weekend strong, putting away nine kills on 13 swings.
- Porto led the offense with 29 kills on the day, followed by Colonna with 24 on a .321 hitting clip. Llorens tallied 11 in the morning match – the only Fighting Knight in double figures.
- Tandron finished with 76 total assists, averaging over 10 per set.
- Knight held the team-highs in digs (35) and service aces (7). Colonna finished next with 25 digs, including a career-high 17 vs. VSU.
- West led the squad in blocking with six and tacked on 16 kills (.237).
- Porto's 58 attack attempts vs. Valdosta St. are the most for a Fighting Knight in a four-set match since 2008.
- Lynn currently sits in a tie atop the Sunshine State Conference standings with a 6-1 overall record to start the year.
- 2012 was the last time the Fighting Knights started off the year with six wins in their first seven matches.
- Valdosta St. defeated Lynn each of the last two seasons.
Lynn hits the court again for its home- and conference-opener on Friday, Sept. 16, when nearby Nova Southeastern comes to town. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. and can be viewed on the new Lynn Sports Network.