Udovcic’s Historic Offensive Prowess Leads Volleyball to Victory

Udovcic’s Historic Offensive Prowess Leads Volleyball to Victory

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball team took down Embry-Riddle 3-2 in a five-set marathon on Friday night in Sunshine State Conference play. Junior outside hitter Sonja Udovcic recorded the most kills by a Fighting Knight in over 17 years while the team's 117 digs are the most in a match in over 20 years.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 3, Embry-Riddle 2 (22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 15-13)
Records: Lynn (16-13, 9-10 SSC), Embry-Riddle (18-11, 9-10 SSC)
Location: ICI Center | Daytona Beach, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 16-5 all-time (Won 3-0 earlier this season)
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STATS OF THE MATCH:

  • Udovcic reached her career-high 31 kills at heavy volume, logging 77 attempts for a .273 hitting clip. She rounded out a double-double with 23 digs.
  • Fellow outside Rafaela Fonseca also logged a double-double with 18 kills and 18 digs. She also served two of the team's four service aces on the night.
  • Setters Biatriz Souza Berti and Isadora Nicolai rounded out Lynn's quartet of double-doubles. Souza Berti produced 26 assists with a career-high 25 digs while Nicolai registered 32 assists with 11 digs.
  • Paige Fullerton contributed 11 kills and five blocks; she had two solo stuffs and three block assists.
  • At the libero spot, Olivia La Plume totaled 15 digs and four assists while Marine Kinna added 10 digs, four kills and an ace.
  • Lynn led Embry-Riddle in every major category: kills (72-58), assists (69-54), digs (117-101), blocks (9-7) and total attempts (223-210).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Udovcic's 31 kills are tied for the third most all-time in any match in program history and are the most since Fernanda Campos logged 33 on Nov. 3, 2001. Udovcic's 77 attack attempts are also tied for the third most all-time in any match in program history and are the most since Camila Lins swung 79 times on Sept. 12, 2008.
  • Udovcic is the 10th player in all of NCAA DII this season to record more than 30 kills in a match.
  • Lynn finished with 117 digs as a team, marking the fourth-most ever in any match in program history and the most since Sept. 23, 1997.
  • The following stats all made the top-10 in program history in any length match:
    • 117 digs (team) – fourth most
    • 223 total attempts (team) – tied for seventh-most
    • 31 kills (Udovcic) – tied for third (Fernanda Campos) 
    • 77 attempts (Udovcic) – tied for third (Fernanda Campos)
    • 69 assists (team) – tied for 11th (five times) 
  • The following stats all made the top-10 in program history for a five-set match:
    • 117 digs (team) – second most
    • 223 total attempts (team) – tied for seventh-most
    • 31 kills (Udovcic) – second most
    • 77 attempts (Udovcic) – third most
    • 69 assists (team) – second most
  • Fonseca's 63 attempts are a season high and 18 kills are the most for her since Sept. 29 vs. Rollins.
  • This marks the second time this season the Blue and White have had 100 digs or more (Florida Southern, Sept. 14).
  • With the win, the Fighting Knights improve to 4-1 in five-set matches this season while they also sweep the season series over Embry-Riddle for the first time since 2015.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights close out the regular season on the road tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 10, traveling to Florida Tech for a 12 p.m. match.