LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College beach volleyball defeated UT-Martin in both matches on a cold and rainy Tuesday morning in March. Florida Southern (2-4) picked up both wins over UT-Martin (2-4) by a 3-2 decision. Six of the nine matchups went to a third and deciding set. Both of the matches in the doubleheader were decided on the final court in the final set. The morning began with a come from behind two-set victory from the number four court with Katie Bergeron and Morgan Cleary (18-21, 21-16, 15-10) defeating Lindsey Geurin and Jessica Reynolds.
The Skyhawks took the victory on the number five court and then followed that up with a victory on the number one court. The Mocs tied the match up at two with a three-set victory by Makena Wilson and Kennedy Mathews. After narrowly losing the second set (18-21) Haley Goodrich and Celia Greco bounced back to win a close third set 18-15 and secure the Mocs first win of the 2019 season.
Florida Southern's second match of the day started off 1-0 due to an injury forfeit by the Skyhawks on the number five court. The match-clinching duo from the first match of Goodrich/Greco was moved down to the number four court where they made easy work of UT-Martin's duo of Geurin/Reynolds defeating them in straight sets (21-12, (21-7). UT-Martin pulled within one with a two-set sweep on the number two court. Burgeron/Mathews picked up an opening set victory on the number three court before dropping the next two sets (21-19, 11-21, 11-15). As the action on the third court was ending, it was just heating up on the number one court. Wilson, now playing with Alex Montoya, defeated Brooke Gyori and Hannah Phillips in the first set before dropping the second set. The number one pair for the Mocs went back and forth trading points and leads with Gyori and Phillips until they closed the door with a 15-10 third-set victory.
The Mocs will head to Charleston, S.C. to participate in the College of Charleston tournament, March 8-10. Florida Southern then heads to Saint Leo for matches against Stevenson (March 21, 3 p.m.) and the host Lions (March 21, 5 p.m).