BOCA RATON, FL - Despite holding a 2-1 lead after three sets, Florida Southern College volleyball was unable to close things out in a 3-2 road loss at Sunshine State Conference rival Lynn on Friday night at the de Hoernle Center. The Moccasins (6-5, 1-2 SSC) went up by a set after a thrilling 26-24 victory in the third but the Fighting Knights (7-3, 1-2) used a 25-15 win in the fourth set to take back momentum and never trailed in the fifth and final set, willing by a 15-9 final.
Florida Southern wraps up its weekend at Barry on Saturday at 4 p.m. before returning home for five-straight matches, beginning with a matchup against Embry-Riddle on Sept. 21.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Mocs and Fighting Knights traded scoring runs to start the match. Florida Southern raced out to a 3-0 lead before Lynn scored four-straight points. Both teams would keep things close throughout most of the set until Lynn grabbed a 17-14 lead to force Southern to take a timeout. Following the break, the Moccasins responded with a 7-1 run to take a 21-18 lead. However, the Fighting Knights reeled off four in a row to make it 22-21, and a service error by the Moccasins proved to be set point as Lynn took a 25-23 first-set win.
- In the second set, the score would remain close until midway through when FSC used a 5-0 run to turn a 14-14 stalemate into a 19-14 advantage. The Fighting Knights pulled within three (23-20) in the late stages, but Floria Southern scored the final two points for a 20-25 win to tie the match at 1-1.
- Trailing by five (24-19) in the third set, the Moccasins were able to stave off set point five times in a row to tie things at 24-24 and scored the next two points to cap off an 8-0 scoring run to end the set and come away with a stunning 26-24 win.
- With its back to the wall and facing elimination, Lynn dominated the fourth set by jumping out to a commanding lead early on and rolled to a 25-15 fourth-set win. The Fighting Knights scored the first three points of the set and never trailed to force a fifth and final set.
- Unfortunately for Florida Southern, Lynn took a 2-0 lead and never trailed en route to a 15-9 fifth-set win and a 3-2 match victory. Nicole Mattson once again led the Moccasins with 24 kills, while Anica Popadic tallied 14. Five different Mocs had at least 10 digs, with Gabby Fresh netting a team-best 24. Lynn was led by Rafaela Fonseca's 19 kills and hit a solid .294 on the attack while holding Florida Southern to just .215.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern dropped to 32-11 all-time against Lynn, including a 15-7 record when facing the Fighting Knights on the road. The contest marked just the fourth time in the all-time series that the two teams have gone to five sets. Two of those five-set contest have come in the last two meetings between the teams.
- Mattson increased her career kill total to 1,342 to move from ninth to seventh place in school history. She needs 67 more to move up to sixth all-time. Mattson has 20 or more kills six times this year, including each of the last five matches.
- Bethany Besancenez has now tallied 4,416 for her career. She is 1,313 assists shy of tying Jordan McAfee for the most in school history. Besancenez has recorded 45 or more assists seven times this year, including each of the five matches,
- Florida Southern wraps up a three-match road trip on Saturday at Barry at 4 p.m. before returning home for five in a row. The Mocs begin their homestand on Sept. 21 against Embry Riddle at 7 p.m. at Jenkins Field House.