Volleyball Secures Three All-SSC Selections; Tandron Lands on First Team

Volleyball Secures Three All-SSC Selections; Tandron Lands on First Team

Melbourne, Fla. – The Lynn University volleyball team's successful 2016 campaign reaped a trio of individual awards on Tuesday as three Fighting Knight seniors claimed All-Sunshine State Conference honors. Marissa Tandron was tabbed to the All-SSC First Team while Lydia West and Cleuza Porto received second team accolades.

Tandron becomes just the fourth first team selection in program history and the first since 2010. 2010 was also the only other year the Fighting Knights have garnered three honorees on either the first or second teams.

The Jacksonville, Fla. native is having a career year this season as a senior, breaking the school's 15-year-old single-season assist record with 1,326 and counting. Tandron leads the SSC and ranks 10th in the nation in total assists while also topping the league and ranking 14th in the country in assists per set. She has notched over 60 assists in a match on two occasions this season, including a career-high 65 at Eckerd that ties for the fourth-most in program history.

West secures the second SSC honor of her career after an All-Newcomer Team nod in 2014. This season, West has produced career-bests in efficiency attacking out of the middle, leading the team and ranking seventh in the league with a .296 attack percentage. The mark is currently on pace for the seventh-best season-long percentage in program history. The Port St. Lucie, Fla. product ranks second on the team in both kills and blocks per set. On the road at Nova Southeastern, West exploded for a career-high 25 kills – the most in a match from a Fighting Knight in over five years.

West and Tandron each picked up SSC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season.

Lynn's go-to threat on the outside, Porto's 3.56 kills per set is the sixth-highest mark in the conference. Porto started off her senior campaign on a tear, recording six 20+ kill matches through the first 12 contests of the season. She has handled high volumes with efficiency, claiming a .226 hitting percentage with over 1,000 attack attempts on the year. In total, the Belo Horizonte, Brazil native has put away 399 kills on the year, marking the eighth-highest season-long number at Lynn and the most since 2008.

Tampa's Allee Stelogeannis was named the SSC Player of the Year, marking the sixth consecutive season with a Spartan claiming the award. Saint Leo, the SSC Champions, boasts the Coach of the Year tag for the second straight year in skipper Sam Cibrone. Barry swept the remaining awards with Jaeda Allen winning Newcomer of the Year and Kristina Filimonova earning Freshman of the Year accolades. The SSC release with the full list of selections can be found HERE.

The Fighting Knights secured a berth in the NCAA Tournament last night and will return to the court on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a South Region matchup against Tampa at 12 p.m. in West Palm Beach, Fla.