BOCA RATON, Fla. – The seven seniors on the Lynn University volleyball team could not have asked for a much better sendoff on Saturday afternoon as the Fighting Knights came from behind to upset first-place and 22nd-ranked University of Tampa, 3-1, in their final home match of the season. The Blue and White have now won four straight over top teams in the Sunshine State Conference.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 3, #22 Tampa 1
Records: Lynn (19-9, 10-5 SSC), #22 Tampa (21-7, 11-4 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa leads 39-2
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- Set 1 | Lynn held a slight edge throughout the first half of the opening frame but a 7-0 run put the Spartans in front for the remainder. Four blocks from the Tampa front line led to eight errors on the Lynn attack.
- Set 2 | The home side was out in front for the entirety of the second set but could never build more than a four-point advantage. Nicol Colonna locked in on the attack late to help the Blue and White knot the match up. Colonna, Lydia West and Cleuza Porto combined for 14 kills.
- Set 3 | The third frame was back and forth from start to finish with both teams producing their best hitting performances of the afternoon. With the score tied at 23, two straight errors from the Spartans gave Lynn its first lead of the match.
- Set 4 | Cristina Llorens caught fire late and executed three consecutive kills to force a 22-22 tie. The sides battled into extras, trading one-point leads and set points, but it was the Fighting Knights who triumphed (30-28) to clinch the match.
- West had another strong showing on offense, dropping in 19 kills at an impressive .533 attack clip.
- Llorens (15 kills, 10 digs, two aces) and Colonna (14 kills, 14 digs) produced double-doubles to carry Lynn on both sides of the ball. Porto rounded out the Fighting Knights in double figures with 11 kills.
- Marissa Tandron finished with 58 assists, eight digs, three kills and a pair of blocks while libero Katie Knight led the back row with 18 digs.
- The seven-member senior class was honored during a pregame ceremony (Morgan Dulaney, Claire Angelich, Tandron, Porto, West, Llorens and Knight).
- Prior to last Friday, Saint Leo, Tampa, Florida Southern and Eckerd each occupied the top-four spots in the league's standings. Lynn has defeated all four of them in the past two weeks.
- Last season, the Fighting Knights upset the top-ranked and defending national champion Spartans in Boca Raton, marking the first victory for Lynn in the rivals' 19-year series.
- Lynn's 71 kills is the most in the past 16 matches.
Lynn wraps up the regular season on the road next weekend, starting with the final league match of the year on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. vs. Rollins.