In a battle for second place in the Sunshine State Conference, Eckerd rallied from a 2-1 deficit to down the Moccasins in five sets, 25-23, 23-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-11, Friday night at Jenkins Field House.
The win boosted Eckerd's record to 13-3, 6-2 in the SSC, while the Moccasins slipped to 9-6, 4-3 in the SSC.Â It was the Moccasins' first loss in four five-set matches this season.
Leading two sets to one, the Moccasins fell behind in the fourth set, trailing by as much as 20-12. They rallied to get as close as 24-22 on a kill by Kate Stromberg, but the Tritons' Lindsay Biggs answered with a kill for the final point to set up the deciding fifth set.
In the fifth set Eckerd scored the first two points and never trailed. The Mocs were down 11-9 when the Tritons scored three straight points. Elena Sorich served an ace to make it 14-11, but Ariana Chinn followed with a kill to clinch the match for the Tritons.
Stromberg produced her second-straight double-double for the Moccasins with a 14-kill, 12-dig effort. Diana Castrillon added 13 kills, while Lauren Huber and Gabby Fernandez each tallied 11 kills. Morgan Kosterlitz started in place of the injured Erin Callahan and recorded a career-high seven kills and five blocks and Anna Niebuhr delivered 25 digs to lead the defensive effort.
Biggs and Chinn each had 12 kills to pace the Tritons.
The Moccasins play Saint Leo Saturday at 4 p.m. at Jenkins Field House.