BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Lynn University volleyball team's resilience was tested in its 2017 home opener on Tuesday night, starting off the match down 2-0 to Nova Southeastern University. The Fighting Knights rallied in the third frame from an early deficit before closing out the Sharks in five sets for the first Sunshine State Conference victory on the young season.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 3, Nova Southeastern 2 (15-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-8)
Records: Lynn (3-3, 1-2 SSC), NSU (4-3, 2-1 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 23-20
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Sonja Udovcic provided a steady hand on both sides of the ball from start to finish, boasting a team-high 15 kills on 42 swings (.214) while adding 15 digs and a block.
- Rafaela Fonseca found her offensive rhythm later in the match as the junior recorded nine kills and 14 digs.
- Marcella De Vuono did her damage on the defensive front line with seven blocks (one solo) and tacked on eight kills.
- Andrea McDonald logged her fourth 20+ dig performance on the season, leading all players on the floor with 24. She also sniped in a team-high two service aces.
- Freshman Jaja Perkins provided a spark off the bench on the right side, matching her career-high with five kills while logging a personal-best four blocks.
- Elna Argen received her first starting nod of the season and turned it into seven kills and five block assists.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- 1998 was the only season in the history of the program to have the team's first home match of the year this late into September.
- Lynn's home opener last season was also against the Sharks – a 3-2 loss.
- The last three times these two teams met in the de Hoernle Center, the match went to five sets. It is Lynn's first win over the Sharks at home since 2014.
- Lynn currently has two of the top six blockers in the SSC by blocks per set (De Vuono, Lauren Odom).
- Argen's seven kills and five total blocks are both career-highs for the sophomore middle blocker.
- NSU was riding a four-game win streak coming into tonight's match.
- NSU's Denver Tyler-Palmer was fed the rock a whopping 76 times, her second highest number of total attacks on the season. She filled out the stat sheet with 25 kills, 17 digs, five assists, two aces and four blocks.
The Fighting Knights remain home for two more matches in Boca Raton this week, starting with Florida Tech on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.