LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball stayed red-hot on Saturday, grabbing a 3-0 win over Sunshine State Conference rival Nova Southeastern. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Moccasins (15-6, 9-1 SSC), while the Sharks (4-13, 2-8) lost their 10th-straight match.
Florida Southern is on the road for its next three matches, beginning with an Oct. 24 matchup at Eckerd. Following road contests at Lynn (Oct. 28) and Tampa (Oct. 31), the Mocs are home for five-straight matches, including a pivotal SSC showdown with No. 4 Palm Beach Atlantic.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern got off to another fast start by scoring five-straight points to open the first set. The Mocs led by as many as eight points on several occasions in the early going, and found themselves with a 17-9 lead late in the set. Nova Southeastern was able to chip away at the deficit to pull within a single point (21-20) and force an FSC timeout, but the Moccasins rebounded and got two clutch kills from Anna Tovo to close out the set for a 25-22 victory.
• The second set started off in almost identical fashion to the first as Florida Southern grabbed an early 5-1 lead. After a 6-0 run midway through the set gave the Mocs a 15-8 advantage, the Sharks again battled back to get within one (17-16). Ahead by just two points (19-17) moments later, the Moccasins scored six of the final nine points to take a 25-20 second-set win and go up 2-0 in the match.
• The third and final set of the afternoon saw NSU take an early lead and hold off Florida Southern long enough to snag an 18-15 advantage in the late going. Trailing 21-20 in the closing moments of the match, the Mocs scored five of the next seven points to close out the match with a 25-23 third-set win.
• Florida Southern hit .225 on the attack and held Nova Southeastern to just .138. The Moccasins finished with nine blocks to NSU's three and both squads recorded seven service aces while combining for 22 service errors. Tovo led the Mocs with 13 kills while Nicole Mattson added seven and Allie Geary tallied six. Bethany Besancenez finished with 29 assists and Gabby Fresh was FSC's leader in digs with nine.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 26-6 all-time against Nova Southeastern, including a 15-2 mark when facing the Sharks at home. The Mocs have won eight-straight home contests against NSU and Fimproved to 197-46 (.810) all-time in Sunshine State Conference matches at Jenkins Field House.
• Besancenez pushed her career assist total to 3,249. She currently ranks sixth in school history and needs 564 more to move into fifth place. Besancenez has tallied 890 assists through 21 matches this season.
• Tovo increased her career kill total to 1,393 and need seven more to move into fifth place in school history. Geary increased her career block total to 332 and needs 33 more to move into eighth in school history.
• The Moccasins eight-match winning streak is the team's longest since opening the 2015 season with 12-straight wins. Florida Southern has won 13 of its last 14 matches this season and improved to 7-2 at home in 2017.
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.