Bucs Sneak by in Volleyball’s 2018 Home Opener

Bucs Sneak by in Volleyball’s 2018 Home Opener

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball team opened up its 2018 home slate on Saturday afternoon with South Florida rival Barry University. In a back-and-forth affair, the Bucs remain undefeated with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Fighting Knights in the second Sunshine State Conference tilt of the year.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Barry 3, Lynn 2 (18-25, 25-11, 25-10, 17-25, 15-12
Records: Barry (10-0, 2-0 SSC), Lynn (6-3, 0-2 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Barry leads 32-12
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STATS OF THE MATCH:

  • Sonja Udovcic led the way on both sides of the ball, totaling a team-high 14 kills at a .113 attack clip. She rounded out her third-straight double-double with 23 digs and got in on three block assists.
  • Rafaela Fonseca matched her career-best in the digs column with a match-high 27. She tacked on 10 kills and one of the team's three service aces.
  • Paige Fullerton rounded out Lynn's trio of attackers in double figures with 10 kills (.143) in limited action.
  • Marcella De Vuono was a force at the net defensively with five blocks, including two solo, and executed her three kills at an efficient .333 hitting percentage.
  • Marine Kinna notched a season-high 22 digs from the libero position.
  • The Blue and White adjusted to a 6-2 formation midway, with Isadora Nicolai picking up 30 assists and Biatriz Souza Berti logging a season-high eight helpers. Each setter sniped in a service ace.
  • The Fighting Knights finished with a season-low .069 attack percentage.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Blue and White recorded season-highs in digs (94) and solo blocks (4).
  • Fonseca tied her career-high in digs, having notched 27 on two occasions last season.
  • Fonseca, Udovcic and Kinna all amassed season-highs in the dig column today.
  • De Vuono has multiple solo blocks in consecutive outings.
  • Barry is currently undefeated at 10-0 on the season, marking the best start to a season in program history.
  • Lynn forced Barry to its first five-set match of the season.
  • Lynn falls to Barry at home for the first time in the past three years.

UP NEXT:
Lynn has another two home matches next weekend, starting with nationally-ranked Florida Southern at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.