LAKELAND, FL - Four different players tallied double-digit kills as Florida Southern College volleyball earned a 3-1 win over a feisty Rollins squad on Saturday at Jenkins Field House.
The Moccasins (20-6, 14-1 SSC) stayed red-hot, snagging their 13th-straight win to stay atop the Sunshine State Conference standings, while the Tars (8-16, 5-12) lost their sixth in a row.
Anna Tovo led the Mocs with 20 kills while Anna Tovo (18), Sydney Marshall (11), and Allie Geary (10) each got into double figures. Florida Southern returns home next weekend to face Embry-Riddle (Nov. 10) and Florida Tech (Nov. 11).
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern dominated the first set, winning 25-9 while hitting a blistering .577 on the attack. The Moccasins raced out to an 8-0 lead and never led by less than six the rest of the way as they went up 1-0.
• Although the Mocs never trailed in the second set, Rollins proved to be tough early on as Florida Southern was never able to get out a to a lead larger than three points until midway through the set when the Moccasins grabbed a 20-13 lead. The Tars rallied to score five in a row to get within two (20-18) and force an FSC timeout. Leading by just one (22-21) in the closing moments, Geary, Tovo, and Rachael Martin recorded kills to give the Mocs a 25-22 second-set win and a 2-0 match lead.
• The third set saw Rollins get out to a quick 3-0 lead, but Florida Southern was able to rally to get back in front by six (14-8). The Moccasins seemed to be in total control, but a 5-0 run by the Tars later in the set gave Rollins a 21-18 lead and put FSC against the wall. Florida Southern was able to cut the lead to two (24-22) but fell by a 25-22 score.
• In the fourth set, Florida Southern would jump in front early and held a 20-16 lead late. Rollins use a 6-1 run to jump in front (22-21) and it looked as if the match might go five sets. However, FSC scored four of the final five points to earn a 25-23 fourth-set win and clinch a match victory.
• The Moccasins hit .331 in the match and held the Tars to .230. FSC also finished with an 8-6 edge in service aces, but the Tars held an 8-3 advantage in blocks. In addition to her 18 kills, Tovo also tallied 13 digs. Gabby Fresh finished with a match-high 19 digs, while Mattson (15) and Bethany Besancenez (10) also hit double-digits. Shannon McDonough was outstanding for Rollins in defeat, recording 26 of the Tars' 51 kills.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern's 13 match winning streak is the longest since 2006, when the Mocs also reeled off 13-straight victories. The Moccasins won 15 in a row in 2005. FSC also improved to 89-8 all-time against Rollins, including 45-4 at Jenkins Field House.
• Besancenez pushed her career assist total to 3,470. She currently ranks sixth in school history and needs 345 more to move into fifth place. Besancenez has tallied 1,111 assists through 26 matches this season. She is averaging 11.45 assists per set this season, tops in the Sunshine State Conference and good for 18th nationally.
• Tovo increased her career kill total to 1,462. She needs 34 more to move into fourth place in the FSC record books. Allie Geary increased her career block total to 352 and needs 13 more to move into eighth in school history.
• During FSC's 13-match winning streak, the Mocs have outblocked opponents 103-70 and have recorded 84 aces while allowing just 56. Mattson and Tovo have combined for 375 of Florida Southern's 678 kills during the win streak (55.3 percent), while the trio of Geary, Sydney Marshall, and Martin are responsible for 77 of the team's 103 total blocks (74.8 percent) during that span.
• Florida Southern will face Embry-Riddle (Nov. 10) and Florida Tech (Nov. 11) at home before closing out its home slate against Saint Leo (Nov. 14). The Moccasins will honor their seniors on Senior Day prior to the Florida Tech match.