BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior Claire Angelich and junior Nicol Colonna shined on Friday night as the Lynn University volleyball team downed the Sunshine State Conference's first-place team, Saint Leo, by a final of 3-2 in an exciting bout at home. In addition to Angelich's career-high-tying 18 kills, she broke another school record (career blocks) while Colonna recorded a career-high 27 digs with 16 kills.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 3, Saint Leo 2
Records: Lynn (18-9, 9-5 SSC), Saint Leo (18-9, 10-3 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Saint Leo leads 25-14
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- Set 1 | Lynn trailed late in the opening frame, 18-15, but a 6-0 run gave enough of an edge to hold off the Lions and take an early lead in the match. Morgan Dulaney picked up where she left off after her season-best performance last time out, leading her squad with four kills and no errors. The front row defense was locked in early with five blocks.
- Set 2 | The Fighting Knights trailed the entirety of the second, but never let Saint Leo get out of reach. The Lions held just a two-point edge late at 19-17, but a string of errors from Lynn knotted the match at one-all. Colonna had the hot hand with seven kills on eight swings while combining with Katie Knight for 13 digs.
- Set 3 | The Blue and White bounced back valiantly after the second-set loss, throttling the Lions with an 18-4 run to start the period. Lynn produced its best hitting clip of the night at .275 with Angelich's six kills leading the charge.
- Set 4 | Saint Leo would not go away easy as it responded with its best attack performance of the match (.364). Lydia West provided the offensive fire power with six kills behind 15 assists from Marissa Tandron.
- Set 5 | The deciding stanza was a nail-biter with Lynn grabbing the first advantage at 7-3. Following a 13-13 tie and a home timeout, Tandron saw an opening for a dump before setting up Angelich for the game-winning slam.
- Angelich and Colonna bolstered the offense, however four Fighting Knights finished in double figures.
- Angelich led all players on the floor with a season-high 18 kills at an impressive .484 attack percentage while Colonna was not far behind with 16 at a .342 clip. Dulaney notched her second-straight double-digit kill effort with 13 and West finished with 10.
- Colonna's 27 digs is a personal-best and the most in a match from a Fighting Knight since 2014. Knight followed up with 21 digs, marking her third straight match with at least 21.
- Angelich was a wall at the net with 10 blocks, the third double-digit output of her career.
- Tandron finished with a balanced line of 61 assists, 13 digs, three kills, two aces and a block.
- With 10 on the night, Angelich now holds the program's record for total blocks in a career with 319, passing Haley Pratt's 314-mark held since 2010. The senior middle blocker also holds the school record for career solo blocks.
- Angelich has put away a personal-best 18 kills in two matches during her career, both against Saint Leo at home (2015, 2016).
- The Fighting Knights' back row tallied a season-high 91 digs.
- Angelich had only hit double-digit kills in one match so far this season.
- Lynn is on a three-match winning streak, all over teams in the top half of the league.
The Fighting Knights hit their home floor for the last time this season on Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. nationally-ranked University of Tampa. The Senior Day festivities begin at 4 p.m.