West Palm Beach, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball team was unable to find a way to build off momentum from a first-set victory on Thursday afternoon as the Fighting Knights fell to 23rd-ranked University of Tampa in the NCAA South Region Quarterfinals, 3-1. The Blue and White close out the 2016 campaign with a 20-11 record, marking their sixth 20-plus win season and the first since 2010.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: #23 Tampa 3, Lynn 1 (18-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-13)
Records: #23 Tampa (23-8), Lynn (20-11)
Location: Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa leads 40-2
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Set 1 | Even after quickly falling behind, 4-1, the Fighting Knights had their most impressive set of the match in the opener, hitting .393 and limiting Tampa to its match-low .139. Lynn utilized a 4-0 run in the middle of the frame to take its first lead at 12-10 and closed out the stanza on an 8-1 tear. The defense recorded two of its three blocks in the match.
- Set 2 | Tampa led wire-to-wire in the second as the Spartans grabbed their first set of the afternoon. Claire Angelich had a strong showing, recording four of her eight kills in the match at a .667 clip. The rest of the offense struggled to get past the Tampa defense however, hitting a match-low .071. Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year Allee Stelogeannis caught fire with nine kills and seven digs for Tampa.
- Set 3 | The sides battled back and forth in the third with eight tie scores and six lead changes as both squads looked to gain an edge in the match. Lynn closed the gap to a one-point deficit late (22-21) but a pair of attack errors doomed the Fighting Knights. Nicol Colonna put away four balls for Lynn.
- Set 4 | A 6-0 run early from Tampa help douse the fire still remaining on the opposite side of the net. Cleuza Porto notched a trio of kills, but the offense kept getting turned away at the net to the tune of four Tampa stuffs. The high-powered Spartans closed out the fourth set to put a cap on the Fighting Knights successful 2016 season.
- Colonna led the Fighting Knights on both sides of the ball, recording 10 kills at a .269 attack clip and a career-high four assists while tallying a match-high 21 digs along with the second solo block of her career. She has two 20+ dig performances in the past five matches and three on the year.
- Lydia West also finished in double figures with 10 kills and was the only Fighting Knight to contribute on multiple blocks.
- Porto fell short of the double-double with eight kills and 11 digs.
- Cristina Llorens knocked in a pair of aces and hit double digits in the dig column.
- Setter Marissa Tandron finished with 37 assists, five kills, nine digs and a block.
- The Fighting Knights made the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance of the program's history and the first since a four-year run from 2007-2010.
- Lynn has defeated Tampa just twice in the history of the matchup dating back to 1997, but both have come in the past two years.
- A year after not losing any players to graduation, Lynn will look to reload next season following the departure of seven seniors (Morgan Dulaney, Katie Knight, Tandron, West, Angelich, Porto and Llorens).
- Tandron broke the school's 15-year-old single-season assist record this year, closing out with 1,363. For her career, she ranks inside the top-10 all-time in a plethora of categories: assists (2nd; 77 shy of the school record), assists per set (2nd), aces (4th), matches played (4th), attack .pct (5th), block assists (6th), digs (8th) and total blocks (8th).
- Angelich broke two school records this season, becoming the program's all-time career leader in both solo blocks and total blocks. In block assists, she finished second all-time, falling 17 shy of the career record. Last season, she secured a share of the school record for blocks in a four-set match.
- Knight's 144 career service aces ended up falling five shy of the all-time school record. She also holds the third-best serve-receive percentage for her career and has accumulated the fourth most digs in program history.
- Despite playing just three seasons, West finishes second all-time in career solo blocks, fourth in total blocks, fifth in block assists and sixth in kills. Her .294 attack clip this year is the seventh-best single-season mark all-time.
- Porto's 407 kills in 2016 is the seventh-most in a season from a Fighting Knight while the 3.07 kills per set mark for her Lynn career also ranks seventh.
- Llorens finds herself on the top-10 list from the service line. She attempted 507 serves in 2016, the second-most ever.