LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball extended its winning streak to seven matches in a row with a 3-0 sweep of Sunshine State Conference rival Barry on Friday night at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (14-7, 8-1 SSC) got 15 kills from Anna Tovo and 12 more from Nicole Mattson as they picked up their fourth-straight win against the Buccaneers (8-6, 4-5) and snag their 12th victory in their last 13 outings.
The Mocs return to action on Saturday when they face Nova Southeastern at home. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at Jenkins Field House, and fans can access live video and live stats by visit Gameday Central.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern and Barry were deadlocked at 7-7 early in the first set, but a 6-2 run by the Mocs turned a tie ballgame into a 13-9 FSC advantage. Although the Moccasins looked as if they had seized momentum, the Bucs came back with a 4-0 run later in the set to take a 16-15 lead an force a Florida Southern timeout. The timeout proved to be a smart move as the Mocs roared back after the break, ripping off six-straight points to jump in front 21-16 and used the push to come away with a 25-17 first-set win
• In the second set, the Moccasins got off to a fast start with a 5-0 run and led by as many as eight points in the early going. Barry was again able to battle back to tie things at 18-18 late in the set, but Florida Southern again answered with another 6-0 run to take a 24-18 lead and would take the second set by a 25-20 final.
• The Buccaneers got on top early in the third set, snagging a 3-1 lead at the onset. Barry actually held a 20-18 lead in the late stages an looked as if it might force a fourth set, but the Mocs scored five in a row to take back momentum en route to a 25-22 third-set victory and a 3-0 match win.
• Tovo led all players with 15 kills and tallied 11 digs, while Mattson finished wth 12 kills, 12 digs, and a block assist. Bethany Besancenez tallied 43 assists and 10 digs, while Sydney Marshall (9), Rachael Martin (7) and Allie Geary (6) each had solid offensive nights. Geary and Martin each finished with a pair of blocks, while Marshall tallied one.
• The Moccasins hit .272 on the attack and held Barry to just .226 while tallying four service aces to none for the Bucs. Barry did finish with a 7-4 edge in blocks but committed five service errors on the night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 39-32 all-time against Barry, including a 22-10 mark when facing the Bucs at home. The Moccasins have won 12 of the last 13 meetings against Barry, including each of the last four. FSC is now 196-46 (.810) all-time in Sunshine State Conference matches at Jenkins Field House.
• Besancenez pushed her career assist total to 3,220. She currently ranks sixth in school history and needs 613 more to move into fifth place. Besancenez has tallied 861 assists through 20 matches this season.
• Tovo increased her career kill total to 1,380 and needs 20 more to move into fifth place in school history. Geary increased her career block total to 329 and needs 36 more to move into eighth in school history.
• The Moccasins seven-match winning streak is the team's longest since opening the 2015 season with 12-straight wins. Florida Southern has won 12 of its last 13 matches this season and improved to 6-2 at home in 2017.
• Florida Southern is back home on Saturday at 4 p.m. to take on Nova Southeastern. The Moccasins are on the road for their next three SSC contests at Eckerd (Oct. 24), Lynn (Oct. 28) and Tampa (Oct. 31). The Mocs have five of their final seven matches of the year at home, all in November.