LAKELAND, FL - Allie Geary and Anna Tovo combined for 23 kills as Florida Southern College volleyball cruised past Lynn, 3-0, in Sunshine State Conference action on Friday night at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (5-5, 2-0 SSC) dominated the match, hitting a blistering .387 on the attack while holding the Knights (2-2, 0-1 SSC) to just .124.
FSC won by scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-8, with the final set marking the fewest points allowed in a non-fifth set since the Moccasins took a 25-8 second-set win over Merrimack on Sept. 11, 2015. The Mocs are off on Saturday and return to action at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Eckerd.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern raced out to a 7-1 lead in the first set, forcing Lynn to take an early timeout as the Moccasins took all the momentum. The timeout would do little to slow down the Mocs, who scored five unanswered points after the break to extend its lead to 12-1. Lynn finally broke the 9-0 run with back-to-back points of its own, but the Knights were never able to get closer than seven points the rest of the way as Florida Southern closed out the set with a kill from Tovo.
• The second set started off as a back-and-forth battle as Lynn looked as if it had regained some of the momentum, but the Moccasins ripped off a 6-0 run midway through the set to turn an 11-9 edge into a sizeable 17-9 lead. It was all the more the Mocs would need as Whitney Drost came up with the set-clinching kill to give the FSC a 2-0 lead.
• In the third set, Florida Southern started out on fire by scoring the first five points to force the Knights to take a timeout. The Moccasins snagged their first double-digit lead of the set at 12-2 and never led by less than 10 the rest of the way as they dominated the third set with a 25-8 victory.
• Florida Southern hit .387 on the attack, its highest percentage of the season, and picked up six service aces while holding Lynn to just .124 on the attack. The Mocs have at least one service ace in nine of their first 10 matches, including six matches with at least five aces.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 31-10 all-time against Lynn, including 17-4 at home. The victory snapped a two-match losing streak to the Knights and kept the Mocs on pace with Palm Beach Atlantic atop the SSC standings.
• Friday's match marked the first time in 20 days that Lynn had played a match. The Knights had three games at the Barry University Classic canceled due to Hurricane Irma on Sept. 8-9 and, like much of the rest of the conference had their first two conference contests of the season postponed last week.
• Geary finished with 13 kills and hit .750 on the attack while Tovo tallied 10 kills and seven digs. Gabby Fresh and Nicole Mattson each notched a team-best 13 digs, while Mattson added six kills. Jasmine Sanders picked up the first kills of her career, tallying three in the late stages of the third set including the match-clinching point.
• Florida Southern will play host to SSC rival Eckerd on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a match that was rescheduled from an earlier postponement. After that, the Mocs will hit the road for eight-straight contests. FSC will play five conference road matches and three non-conference contests at the GSC/SSC Crossover on Oct. 13-14.