WINTER PARK, FL - After seeing its five-match win streak end on Friday night, Florida Southern College volleyball bounced back in dominant fashion with a 3-0 road win at Rollins on Saturday afternoon at Warden Arena. The Moccasins (12-7, 7-4 SSC) grabbed their first Sunshine State Conference road victory of the year and topped the Tars (3-15, 1-10) for the ninth-straight time.
Nicole Mattson tallied 16 kills and the Mocs did not allow a single Rollins player to record more than seven as they outhit the Tars .301-.131 on the attack. Southern also recorded eight service aces, its second-highest total of the season, and trailed just twice in the entire match (early in the second set). Florida Southern finishes off a three-match road trip on Tuesday night at Sunshine State Conference rival Eckerd.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After staking itself to a one-point lead (9-8) early in the first set, the Moccasins used five-straight points to extend their lead to 14-8. The Tars were able to pull within four (22-18) late in the set, but the Mocs struck for three-straight kills to take a 25-18 first-set win.
- Rollins would be the aggressor in the second set, taking a 4-2 lead early on. However, Florida Southern dominated the next several minutes by reeling off a 7-0 run to grab a 9-4 lead and gain all the momentum it would need the rest of the way. The Tars were able to get no closer than five the rest of the way, as Whitney Drost ended the set with a kill to give the Moccasins a 25-15 victory.
- The third set was close throughout as Florida Southern held a three-point lead (12-9) midway through, but the Moccasins scored five in a row to make it 17-9 and rolled to a 25-14 third-set win.
- Mattson hit .400 on the attack and also recorded 12 digs defensively. Rachael Martin put down nine kills, while Drost had seven. Gabby Fresh had 10 digs and led the Moccasins with three service aces. Three different Mocs (Drost, Martin, Mattson) each hit better than .400 on the attack while taking at least 10 swings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 90-8 all-time against Rollins, including 38-4 when facing the Tars on the road. The Moccasins have not lost to Rollins since 2013, and have won 12 of the past 13 meetings in the series.
- Mattson's increased her career kill total to 1,452 and needs 44 more to move into fifth in FSC history. Besancenez increased her career assist total to 4,698. She needs 1,032 more to set the all-time school record, currently held by Jordan McAfee.
- Florida Southern will travel to Eckerd (Oct. 9) before back-to-back home contests with Barry (Oct. 12) and Lynn (Oct. 13).