The Moccasins gave Armstrong Atlantic a wake-up call with a 25-16 victory in the first set, but then the Pirates came back to win the next three sets and extend their unbeaten streak to 21 straight this season, 16-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23, Monday at FSC's Hollis Wellness Center. The Moccasins saw their record dip to 10-7.
Ranked 17th in Division II last week, the Pirates, one of six unbeaten teams in the country, moved up to 16th in this week's AVCA poll.
After falling behind two sets to one, the Moccasins held off the Pirates in the fourth set until the Pirates broke a 17-17 tie on a kill by Brittany Wolf. A kill by the Moccasins' Anne Pietkiewicz put the Moccasins one back at 19-18 before Armstrong scored four unanswered points to go up 23-18. The Mocs made one final rally to close the margin to 24-23, but gave up the final point on an attack error.
The Moccasins had five players with double figures in kills, led by Kate Stromberg's season-high 17. She also had a season-high 15 digs for her third double-double of the season. Pietkiewicz had 13 kills, Lauren Huber delivered 12, Erin Callahan produced 11 and Diana Castrillon added 10. Ali Skayhan tallied a career-high 44 assists.
As a team the Mocs hit .303, compared to the Pirates' .204.
Amanda Jones led Armstrong with 15 kills and Jessica Santaniello added 13 for Armstrong Atlantic.
The Pirates had seven aces and only three service errors in the match. The Mocs, on the other hand, had just three aces and committed nine service errors.
FSC plays three matches in the South Region Crossover at Pensacola later this week. Thursday they meet West Florida, then play Christian Brothers and Alabama-Huntsville Friday.