Western Invasion; Volleyball Rattles the Shark Cage

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Lydia West was a force to be reckoned with on Tuesday night as the redshirt-senior dropped a career-high 25 kills to lead the Lynn University volleyball team to a 3-1 Sunshine State Conference victory on the road at Nova Southeastern.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 3, Nova Southeastern 1
Records: Lynn (14-8, 5-4 SSC), Nova Southeastern (11-11, 3-6 SSC)
Location: NSU Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 22-20
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
  • Set 1 | Lynn got on top early with a 12-6 lead and never looked back, forcing the home side into the first timeout of the match. West got going early on both sides of the ball with six kills and two solo blocks as the defense quickly posted up four blocks as a squad. Cleuza Porto was impressive on defense with six digs.
  • Set 2 | An efficient offensive stint from West led the Fighting Knights to their best hitting frame of the night at .321, while NSU hit .061. The second stanza was much closer with nine ties scores and seven lead changes. Chelsea Castillo broke an 18-18 tie with a service ace then pushed Lynn ahead on a 4-0 run to extend the advantage.
  • Set 3 | The Sharks' offense took over in the third as they knocked down 15 kills with only one error (.483). Nova broke away in the second half of the frame to keep the match alive.
  • Set 4 | The Blue and White regained control in the fourth and then some, dominating on both sides of the ball to close out the match. Setter Marissa Tandron dished out a whopping 17 assists, with seven each going to West and Porto, and four players recorded 5+ digs. The Tandron-to-West connection could not be stopped at the onset, producing four straight kills as Lynn opened on a 6-0 run.
STATS OF THE MATCH:
  • West was the clear focal point of the offense Tuesday night and the Sharks defense never found an answer. The middle blocker finished with a career-high 25 kills on an impressive .412 hitting clip, while recording three of the four solo blocks in the match.
  • Porto was not far behind with 14 kills at a solid .314 clip, but was even more crucial on defense with a season- and match-high 17 digs and a solo block.
  • Tandron continues to distribute at a high level, handing out 52 assists and completing the double-double with 10 digs.
  • Claire Angelich and Cristina Llorens combined for 15 kills, with Angelich hitting .412.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • West's 25 kills is the most in a single match from a Fighting Knight in the past five years (25-Brittany Brown, 10/15/2011). She already had a 24-kill match to her name from earlier this season. 
  • Lynn snapped a three-match skid against Nova.
  • Porto has notched 14 and 17 digs in the last two matches, respectively, marking her two highest outputs of the season. Tonight, she fell one shy of her career-high set last year in a five-setter at Rollins.
  • The Fighting Knights had five players with double-digit digs.

UP NEXT:
Lynn heads back out on the road this weekend, taking on Florida Tech this Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.