Daytona Beach, Fla. – A day after Sonja Udovcic led the Lynn University volleyball attack in an opening day split, the Fighting Knights rode the junior outside hitter's right arm once again to take down Westminster (3-1) and Shaw (3-2) on the final day of the Embry-Riddle Tournament. Udovcic tallied 50 kills while freshman Isadora Nicolai logged 120 assists.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 3, Westminster 1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17) | Lynn 3, Shaw 2 (20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-12, 15-9)
Records: Lynn (3-1), Westminster (0-3), Shaw (0-3)
Location: ICI Center | Daytona Beach, Fla.
All-time Series: This is the first meeting against both Westminster and Shaw
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STATS OF THE MATCH:
- Lynn bookended the match with dominant performances, taking set one 25-14 and set four 25-17. The two middle sets were decided by just four points with each team exchanging 25-23 victories.
- Udovcic was one of three hitters to connect on double-digit kills, leading the team with 20 while adding 14 digs.
- Rafaela Fonseca was second with 15 kills while tying for the team-lead with Marcella De Vuono with three block assists.
- Lauren Odom locked down 11 kills on a .333 hitting percentage.
- Anja Vavan donned the libero jersey and recorded a team-high 19 digs.
- Marine Kinna slotted in four of the team's nine service aces.
- Lynn dug itself into a hole by going down 2-0 to Shaw. The team hit .104 in the opening set and improved to .216 in the second set before boasting hitting percentages above .325 in sets three and four.
- The Fighting Knights' defense locked down the Bears over the final two sets with Shaw hitting percentages of .029 and .087.
- Udovcic was near unstoppable with a career-best 30 kills. Even more impressive was her .397 hitting percentage. She added 15 digs, one of four players with double-digit digs.
- The freshman Nicolai quarterbacked the offense with 59 assists and three aces but showed stout defense with 14 digs and a match-high five block assists.
- Freshman Bridgette O'Connor earned her first career start and did not disappoint, hitting .324 with 14 kills and eight digs.
- Fonseca led the team with 23 digs to go along with 14 kills.
- Kinna earned the nod as the libero and collected 15 digs.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Udovcic's 30 kills ties for the second most in a five-set match and is tied for fourth overall for a single match in program history.
- The 30 kills are the most for the program since Nov. 3, 2001, when Fernanda Campos logged 33 kills against Eckerd.
- Udovcic recorded two more double-doubles, giving her three on the year.
- Her .397 hitting percentage is the second-highest in her career, second only to a .512 hitting percentage last year in a 3-0 win against Barry where she logged 23 kills on 41 attempts.
- Nicolai's 59 assists are the second-most by a freshman in program history and the most since Megan Bedner recorded 62 Nov. 1, 2006.
- Nicolai is averaging 48.75 assists per match and has logged over 50 assists in three of the team's four matches.
- Fonseca's 23 digs vs. Shaw are the third-most in her career.
- Lynn's nine service aces vs. Westminster is the team's most in a match since Nov. 5, 2016.
- Last year Lynn overcame a 2-0 deficit just twice in 26 matches.
Lynn returns to the courts at the Nova Southeastern Tournament beginning on Friday, Aug. 31, where it battles Texas A&M International at 4:30 p.m. Fans can keep up with the action through live stats at LynnFightingKnights.com.