Mocs Fall In Four Sets to Cal State L.A. to Close Western Oregon Classic
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Florida Southern Volleyball completed play here Friday evening in the Western Oregon Classic by falling in four sets to Cal State L.A. (25-12, 27-29, 32-34, 21-25) at WOU's New P.E. Building. With the setback, FSC finished the season opening tournament with a 1-3 record after recording its first victory of the season earlier in the day against Missouri S&T in three sets.
In Friday's loss to Cal State L.A., sophomore outside hitter Kate Stromberg (Lexington, Kent.) continued her strong play as she recorded a career-high 23 kills and hit .296 in the match. For the tournament, Stromberg recorded 55 kills and averaged 3.93 kills per set.
Joining Stromberg's strong offensive play was senior outside hitter Anne Pietkiewicz (Winter Park, Fla.) added 13 kills and posted 12 digs for her first double-double of the season, while sophomore right side hitter Gabby Fernandez (Tampa, Fla.) posted 12 kills and 10 digs for her third double-double of the season. Fernandez finished with 56 kills and averaged 4.0 kills per set in the tournament.
The match was balanced and competitive as there were 38 ties and 14 lead changes. For the match, Cal State L.A. had 57 kills and 69 digs, while FSC recorded 55 kills and 59 digs. Both teams each had eight blocks apiece.
In the first set, FSC scored the first point, before Cal State L.A. used a 9-4 run to take a 9-5 lead. The Mocs, though, responded with a 9-1 run to take a 14-10 lead. From that point, FSC scored 11 of the final 13 points to post a 25-12 win.
Cal State L.A. jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the second set, before the Mocs used a 17-12 run to tie the set at 23. The run was capped by three straight aces from junior setter Ali Skayhan (Beaverton, Ore.). Both teams would trade points until the Golden Eagles scored the final three points to post a 29-27 win to even the match. Skayhan finished with six of FSC’s season-high 12 aces and also added 46 assists and four block assists.
The third set was a marathon affair as there were 18 ties and eight lead changes. Cal State L.A. jumped out to an 18-12 lead, before FSC used an 8-2 run to tie the set at 20. From that point, neither team was able to gain an advantage as they both traded the lead until the Golden Eagles closed the set scoring the final three points to post a 34-32 win after the Mocs had taken a 32-31 lead on a kill by Pietkiewicz.
Cal State L.A. once again jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the fourth set, but the Mocs answered with a 10-5 run capped by a Pietkiewicz kill to tie the set at 18. That would be the final tie of the match as Cal State L.A. scored seven of the final 10 points to seal its first win of the season.
The Golden Eagles, who improved to 1-3 on the season with the win, was led offensively by Kymberly Silveyra, who recorded 15 kills, nine digs and hit .306. Marquis Mora and Iona Lofrano each added 14 kils to pace Cal State L.A. Mora and Lofrano also hit .345 and .294 respectively as the Golden Eagles hit .216 as a team. FSC finished with a .192 hitting percentage.
FSC will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 4 as they play host to Minnesota State-Moorhead in a 7 p.m. match that will be held at the Hollis Wellness Center on the FSC campus.