Balanced Effort Propels Volleyball Past Panthers

Melbourne, Fla. – The Lynn University volleyball team notched its third straight Sunshine State Conference victory on Saturday with a 3-0 sweep on the road at Florida Tech. Four different players recorded nine or more kills and four defenders picked up double-digit digs.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 3, Florida Tech 0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-21)
Records: Lynn (15-8, 6-4 SSC), Florida Tech (6-15, 0-9 SSC)
Location: Clemente Center | Melbourne, Fla.
All-time Series: Florida Tech leads 22-18
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
  • Set 1 | The Fighting Knights rushed out to a comfortable 11-5 advantage, forcing the home side into the first timeout of the day. Lynn would lead by as many as 10 late (22-12) before closing out. Nicol Colonna paced the offense with six kills in the opener.
  • Set 2 | Lynn went up two sets to none with an identical 25-17 victory, but battled back and forth with the Panthers throughout the majority of the frame until securing the win on a 4-0 run. Defense was the key in the second as the team recorded seven blocks while Cristina Llorens and Colonna combined for 11 digs.
  • Set 3 | Florida Tech was in the lead at 17-16 but a trio of consecutive kills from Lydia West helped push Lynn back out in front. Following a 19-19 tie, the Fighting Knights secured the three-set sweep on a 6-2 run. Marissa Tandron distributed 16 assists as the offense hit .457 in the frame and Katie Knight scooped up eight digs.
STATS OF THE MATCH:
  • Four attackers carried the bulk of the offense with efficient hitting percentages. Cleuza Porto led the way with a match-high 11 kills (.346) while West (.533), Colonna (.500) and Llorens (.167) all finished with nine.
  • Knight led the back row with 14 digs and was dangerous at the line with a match-high four aces. Porto, Colonna, and Llorens joined Knight in double figures defensively with Porto completing the double-double.
  • Tandron, West and Claire Angelich all notched four blocks with Colonna chipping in on three. Tandron tacked on 39 assists and a trio of kills.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • With the only solo block in the match, West picks up career solo block No. 57, passing Michele Newman for second all-time. Angelich holds the school record with 62.
  • With the win, the Blue and White pick up the season sweep over Florida Tech, winning both contests by a 3-0 tally. The offense hit over .330 in both matches against the Panthers this season. 
  • Lynn had lost four straight in Melbourne coming into today, with its last victory at Florida Tech in 2011.
  • The Fighting Knights are on a three-match winning streak in league action.
  • Florida Tech is still searching for its first conference win of the season.
  • Today was Florida Tech's annual Dig Pink game in support of breast cancer research.

UP NEXT:
Lynn remains on the road to kick of next week's action, heading down to Barry University on Tuesday, Nov. 1 for a 7 p.m. matchup.