LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball came up with another dominant effort in a 3-0 win over Embry-Riddle in Sunshine State Conference action on Friday evening at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (21-6, 15-1 SSC) picked up their 14th-straight win and finished off the regular-season sweep of the Eagles (13-11, 8-10), earning their 12th sweep of the season.
The Mocs cap off the weekend on Saturday against Florida Tech. The contest, which begins at 4 p.m., will serve as Senior Day for Florida Southern as it honors five seniors who will graduate this year.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern took an early lead in the first set, but the Eagles were able to cut the lead to just one point (10-9) midway through. The Moccasins would reel off five-straight points to get some breathing room (15-9). The Mocs were able to push their lead to eight points (19-11) later on and force ERAU to burn a timeout. The stoppage in play would do little to slow momentum as Florida Southern took a 25-17 first-set win.
• In the second set, the Moccasins again used a scoring run midway through the set to seize momentum. With the score tied at 8-8, Florida Southern would put together an 8-1 run to take a commanding 16-9 lead. It would prove to be the difference as FSC ran away with a 25-10 second-set win.
• The third set actually saw Embry-Riddle mount a comeback midway through, turning a 13-0 deficit into a 15-14 lead. However, the Mocs responded with four points in a row to go on top 18-14 and would never trail again en route to a 25-18 third-set victory and a 3-0 match win.
• The Moccasins hit .288 on the attack while holding Embry-Riddle to just .104. Florida Southern finished with an 8-1 edge in blocks, tallied three service aces and had five players record at least seven digs. Nicole Mattson led all player with 15 kills and added 19 digs, while Anna Tovo finished with 13 kills and Bethany Besancenez had 39 assists.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern's 14-match winning streak is the longest since 2005 when the Mocs won 15 in a row. The best winning streak in school history came in 1990 when the Moccasins won 33-straight contests. FSC improved to 6-1 all-time against Embry-Riddle, including a perfect 4-0 at home.
• Besancenez pushed her career assist total to 3,509. She currently ranks sixth in school history and needs 306 more to move into fifth place. Besancenez has tallied 1,150 assists through 26 matches this season. She is averaging 11.50 assists per set this season, tops in the Sunshine State Conference and good for 18th nationally.
• Tovo increased her career kill total to 1,475. She needs 21 more to move into fourth place in the FSC record books. Allie Geary increased her career block total to 356 and needs nine more to move into eighth in school history.
• During FSC's 14-match winning streak, the Mocs have outblocked opponents 111-71 and have recorded 87 aces while allowing just 56. Mattson and Tovo have combined for 403 of Florida Southern's 725 kills during the win streak (55.6 percent), while the trio of Geary, Marshall, and Martin are responsible for 84 of the team's 111 total blocks (75.6 percent) during that span.
• Florida Southern hosts Florida Teach at 4 p.m. on Saturday for its annual Senior Day match. The Moccasins wrap up their regular-season home schedule on Tuesday against Saint Leo and finish the regular season next weekend with matches at Barry and Nova Southeastern.