LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball split a pair of matches at the Terrace Hotel Classic on Friday at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (1-1) opened the day with a 3-0 win over Pace, before falling to No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul by a 3-0 final in the nightcap.
Florida Southern caps off the opening weekend of play tomorrow when it faces New Haven (2:45 p.m.) and No 12 Western Washington (7 p.m.) in the final games of the Terrace Hotel Classic.
HOW IT HAPPENED AGAINST PACE
• Florida Southern cruise to an easy win in its first contest of the 2017 campaign. The Moccasins won by set scores of 25-17, 25-18, and 25-13. The Moccasins trailed just once over the course of the match and hit .333 on the attack while holding the Setters to just .062.
• The Mocs got off to a quick 7-1 lead in the first set and never looked back, cruising to an easy first set win. In the second set, Pace held a 6-4 edge but Florida Southern used a 7-0 run to take an 11-6 lead and never trailed again en route to a 25-18 victory. The third set was a dominant effort by the Mocs, who did not allow Pace to score its 10th point until Floria Southern had already built a commanding 24-9 lead.
• Nicole Mattson finished with 15 kills in the victory, while Anna Tovo and Whitney Drost each had nine. Tovo also had a team-high 16 digs, while Bethany Besancenez tallied 38 assists and 10 kills. Gabby Fresh had 12 digs in her Florida Southern debut, while Sydney Marshall recorded seven kills in a strong opening performance.
• Friday;s meeting between Florida Southern and Pace was the first-ever meeting between the teams.
HOW IT HAPPENED AGAINST CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL
• The Moccasins were able to keep stay within striking distance throughout the first set, even leading the defending national champions by a 5-4 score in the early going. Despite a tough effort, the Mocs were unable to overcome a late surge by the Golden Bears, who grabbed a 25-22 first-set win.
• In the second set, Florida Southern again had an early lead (4-3), but Concordia responded with four-straight points to regain the lead and never trailed again en route to a 25-17 second set win.
• The Mocs looked to be in serious trouble late in the third set, trailing 18-11 before ripping off six-straight points to pull within a single point (18-17). However, FSC would run out of steam as the Golden Bears hung on for a 25-23 win to clinch the match victory.
• Mattson came up big again with a team-leading 16 kills, while Tovo had 10 and Drost finished with seven. Tovo again led the team in digs (16) and Besancenez recorded 40 assists.
• The loss by Florida Southern dropped the Moccasins to 0-5 all-time against Concordia-St. Paul.
• Florida Southern wraps up the weekend against New Haven (2:45 p.m.) and No. 12 Western Washington (7 p.m.) on Saturday. The Moccasins are 15-6 all-time against New Haven and 0-1 against Western Washington.