DENVER, CO - Florida Southern College volleyball dropped a pair of contests to open the 2017 Colorado Premier Challenge on Friday at the Auraria Event Center. The Moccasins (2-4) fell to No. 6 Angelo State in their first match of the day by a 3-0 score before dropping a tough five-setter to tournament host Metro State in the nightcap.
The Mocs are slated to play West Florida tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. (ET) before facing Regis at 7 p.m. to close out the tournament. Florida Southern is slated to open Sunshine State Conference play at home against Eckerd on Sept. 15 before heading to Saint Leo on Sept. 16.
HOW IT HAPPENED AGAINST ANGELO STATE
• Florida Southern looked as if it might pull off a big upset as it raced out to a 5-0 lead early in the first set, but used a 6-1 run to tie the contest early on. After Angelo State snagged a 15-12 lead, the Moccasins called a timeout to regroup and reeled off a 6-2 run to snag an 18-17 lead. The Rams were able to again come back and grab a 23-20 lead to put the Mocs on the ropes, but FSC battled back to tie at 23-23. Angelo State was able to snag the final two points to earn a 25-23 first-set win.
• In the second set, Florida Southern rallied from a late four-point deficit (17-13) with a 10-5 run to grab a 23-22 lead. The Mocs would push the Rams to the limit several times, but Angelo State staved off defeat and eventually grabbed 28-26 second-set win.
• The third and final set was tight throughout the early stages, but Angelo State was able to use a quick 3-0 run to turn a 13-11 advantage into a 16-11 lead and carried the momentum through to earn a 25-22 third-set victory and take the match by a 3-0 final.
• Sydney Marshall and Anna Tovo led the Moccasins with 12 kills in the contest, while Nicole Mattson tallied 10. As a team, Florida Southern hit just .250 on the attack while Angelo State connected at a clip of .388. The Moccasins fell to 8-2 all-time against the Rams, who snapped a seven-match losing streak to FSC.
HOW IT HAPPENED AGAINST METRO STATE
• In the nightcap, Florida Southern dominated the first and fourth sets, but stumbled in the middle two sets and was unable to outlast the Roadrunners in five sets. The Moccasins never trailed in the first set after grabbing an early 3-0 lead, cruising to an easy 25-16 first-set win.
• Metro State would answer in the second set by outlasting the Mocs in a back-and-forth contest. Florida Southern again grabbed a quick 3-0 lead, but the Roadrunners recovered quickly and built a 14-11 lead midway through the set. The Mocs were eventually able to regain the lead and positioned themselves to go up 2-0 in the match, but Metro State rallied from a 24-22 deficit to score four-straight points and tie the contest at 1-1 with a 26-24 second-set win.
• The Mocs would again see a late lead slip away in the third set. Leading 24-20 with the chance to go up 2-1, Florida Southern surrendered five-straight points to the Roadrunners, and eventually dropped a 27-25 decision.
• Leading by four (17-13) in the fourth set, the Moccasins turned on the jets and scored six-straight points to take total control en route to a decisive 25-16 fourth set win to force a deciding fifth frame.
• FSC built a 10-9 lead in the final set and looked as if it might pick up a split on the day, but Metro State closed out the set with a 6-0 run for a 15-10 fifth-set win and a 3-2 match victory. The Moccasins fell to 8-12 all-time against the Roadrunners, dropping their third-straight in the series.
• As a squad, Florida Southern hit .272 on the attack while holding Metro State to just .200, and was led by a career-high 27 kills from Mattson. Marshall had 10 kills and Tovo added 11, while Allie Geary added six block assists.
• Florida Southern closes out the Colorado Premier Challenge against West Florida and Regis tomorrow. The Mocs open Sunshine State Conference play at home against Eckerd on Sept. 15 and travel to defending SSC champion Saint Leo on Sept. 16.