LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball rolled to a 3-0 victory over Florida Tech on Senior Day as the No. 24 Moccasins (22-6, 16-1 SSC) topped the Panthers (9-15, 4-14) for the fourth-straight time and ran their win streak to 15 matches in a row. The Mocs are slated to close out the home portion of their regular-season schedule on Tuesday against No. 23 Saint Leo in a pivotal Sunshine State Conference and NCAA South Region showdown.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern jumped out to a quick 6-3 lead and looked as if it might snag an easy first-set win, but the Panthers battled back to take a 13-8 lead and force the Mocs to burn a timeout midway through the set. The Moccasins fought back to pull within one (21-20) in the late stages, but two quick points by Florida Tech gave it a 23-20 advantage and it looked as if the Mocs would have to play from behind. However, a pair of kills by Nicole Mattson would fuel a 5-0 run to give Florida Southern a 25-23 first-set win.
• In the second set, Florida Southern got on top early and never trailed. Leading by just one (11-10) in the early stages, the Mocs reeled off four unanswered points to snag a 15-10 lead and were never really in danger en route to a 25-20 second-set win.
• The third set saw the Moccasins fall behind early (7-4) before notching four points in a row to jump in front. After Florida Tech tied things at 8-8, the Mocs scored four in a row again to take a 12-8 lead and never looked back as they secured the sweep with a 25-16 third-set victory.
• Florida Southern hit a blistering .343 in the match while holding the Panthers to just .216 on the attack. The Mocs outblocked Florida Tech 5-3 and both squads recorded three service aces on the afternoon. Mattson led all players with 14 kills while Anna Tovo tallied 10 kills and 12 digs. Bethany Besancenez had 42 assists and two blocks, while Rachael Martin finished with seven kills and four blocks.
• The Moccasins honored five seniors prior to the contest (Allie Geary, Nicci Joyce, Sydney Marshall, Amanda Park, and Anna Tovo). FSC's seniors combined for 21 kills, 17 digs, three aces and two blocks in the match.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 66-7 all-time against Florida Tech, including a 36-1 mark in Lakeland. The Moccasins have won four-straight against the Panthers, 10 of the last 11, and have swept Florida Tech in seven of the last eight meetings between the teams.
• The 15-straight victories are tied for the most since 1993 when the Moccasins won 17 in a row. The school record for consecutive victories is 33, set in 1990. The Mocs have now won 11 in a row at home, the most since the 2014 squad won 12-straight home matches.
• Besancenez pushed her career assist total to 3,551. She currently ranks sixth in school history and needs 264 more to move into fifth place. Besancenez has tallied 1,192 assists through 27 matches this season. She is averaging 11.57 assists per set this season, tops in the Sunshine State Conference and good for 18th nationally.
• Tovo increased her career kill total to 1,485. She needs 11 more to move into fourth place in the FSC record books. Allie Geary increased her career block total to 357 and needs eight more to move into eighth in school history.
• Florida Southern faces No. 23 Saint Leo in a crucial Sunshine State Conference and NCAA South Region contest on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Jenkins Field House. The Mocs cap off the regular season with trips to Nova Southeastern (Nov. 17) and Barry (Nov. 18).