Llorens Shines in Volleyball’s Regular-Season Finale Setback

Llorens Shines in Volleyball’s Regular-Season Finale Setback

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Senior Cristina Llorens threw down a career-high 23 kills and recorded her third consecutive double-double on Saturday but it was not enough as the Lynn University volleyball team fell at Embry-Riddle in its final match of the regular season, 3-1. Additionally, senior Katie Knight moved into second place all-time in program history for career service aces.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Embry-Riddle 3, Lynn 1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21)
Records: Embry-Riddle (15-15), Lynn (20-10)
Location: ICI Center | Daytona Beach, Fla.
All-time Series: Embry-Riddle leads 12-8
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
  • Set 1 | Lynn got off to a slow start overall but was able to hang on the Eagles' coattails throughout the opening set. A Lydia West kill cut the deficit to one (21-20) however the ensuing pair of Blue and White attack errors allowed ERAU to close out.
  • Set 2 | The Fighting Knights responded with their best attacking frame of the match and utilized six kills to fuel a set-opening 7-1 tear. Lynn led throughout but had a scare at 22-all. Two kills and an ERAU error knotted the match at one set apiece. Cleuza Porto and Llorens were hot on the outside with 11 combined kills.
  • Set 3 | Embry-Riddle's front row caused problems with three blocks, leading to seven Lynn attack errors. An 8-0 run from the Eagles in the middle of the stanza created a decent advantage for the home team. Lynn threatened late with a 6-1 spurt of its own but it was too little too late.
  • Set 4 | Lynn led at 13-10 but a 6-0 run put the Eagles back in front for the remainder of the afternoon. Llorens tallied her second consecutive seven-kill frame while Knight had seven digs.
STATS OF THE MATCH:
  • Llorens finished with a career- and match-high 23 kills, posting a .265 attack clip on 49 swings. She also tallied 12 digs and a block, marking her third consecutive double-double and her 10th double-digit dig performance in the past 11 matches.
  • Porto reached double figures for the third straight match, following up with 14 kills and nine digs.
  • Knight notched her fifth 20+ dig effort in the past six contests with a match-high 21 and also sniped in a critical service ace.
  • Claire Angelich led the front row with four blocks, giving her 23 over the past four outings. Marissa Tandron finished with 45 assists, 10 digs, four kills, two aces and a block.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • Knight picked up career service ace No. 143, passing Theresa Daniels ('05) for the second most in the program's history. Michele Newman holds the school record with 149.
  • Llorens' previous career-high kill total had been 16, which she set last night at Rollins.
  • Embry-Riddle defeated Lynn twice in the same season for the first time since 2000.
  • The Eagles celebrated Senior Day before the start of the match.

UP NEXT:
Lynn wraps up the 2016 regular season with a 20-10 record and a school-record-tying 11-5 tally in Sunshine State Conference play. The Fighting Knights now await their postseason fate, to be announced on Monday night during the NCAA selection show. Lynn was ranked seventh in the south region rankings coming into the weekend, with the top eight teams earning a postseason berth.