A career-best performance by the Moccasins' Julia Borecka was not enough to prevent Eckerd from taking a four-set Sunshine State Conference match, 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-22, Wednesday night at St. Petersburg.
Borecka recorded a career-high 25 kills and hit .524 for the match, but no one else reached double figures in kills for the Moccasins. Natalie Arvizu had a nine-kill effort off the bench for FSC.
Eckerd was able to counter with solid performances from Lydee Benoit (17 kills, .412) and Ariana Chinn (14 kills, .433).
Eckerd improved to 18-9, 8-5 in the SSC, while the Moccasins fell to 14-15, 5-8 in the SSC.
In the Moccasins' first-set victory, Borecka picked up 10 of her kills. Neither team led by more than two points until the Moccasins went up 19-16 and Eckerd could get no closer the rest of the set. Eckerd built a 15-10 lead en route to its win in set two. The Moccasins got as close as 16-15, but could not get the set tied or take the lead. In the third set, FSC led 9-5, but the Tritons evened the score at 10-10. With the set tied at 15-15, Eckerd's Taylor Manning delivered a pair of service aces and the Tritons never trailed the rest of the set.
Hoping to even the match at two sets apiece, the Moccasins had an early 8-6 lead in the fourth set, but the Tritons scored six unanswered points and FSC could get no closer than one point the rest of the way.
Saturday the Moccasins play arch-rival Tampa at 7 p.m. at Jenkins Field House. Tampa claimed a share of the SSC lead with a four-set win at Saint Leo Wednesday night. Tampa and Saint Leo are both 12-1 in the SSC.