DAVIE – The Florida Southern volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-20, 25-22) over the Sharks of Nova Southeastern on the road here Friday in Sunshine State Conference action at the NSU Arena.
With the victory, the 16th-ranked Moccasins improve to 21-5 overall and 11-2 in the SSC, while the Sharks fall to 11-14 with a 4-9 conference record. FSC has now won three in a row since losing to No. 1 ranked Tampa in four sets on Oct. 31.
FSC, ranked second in the South Region, will finish its weekend road trip with a 4 p.m. contest against Barry (17-9, 7-6 inside SSC) on Saturday.
The Mocs entered the game second in the SSC in hitting percentage (.253), and rightfully outhit the Sharks, .286 to .174.
Redshirt senior Ali Skayhan (Beaverton, Ore.) led the Mocs with 30 assists, and was second on the team with seven kills and six digs. Skayhan has now recorded double-digit assists in every match this season. SeniorCatherine Brusie (North Branch, Mich.) had a team-high 17 digs.
Kills from junior Kayshia Brady (Welaka, Fla.) and junior Kendall Marotti (LaBelle, Fla.) helped the Mocs jump out to a 3-1 lead in the first set, but three early errors allowed the Sharks to take a 4-3 advantage. The two teams went back-and-forth in the early part of the opening set. Trailing 15-14, a kill from freshman Allie Geary (Deland, Fla.) and a Brindl Langley (Camas, Wash.) service ace allowed the Mocs to regain the lead, and they never looked back.
The Mocs didn't encounter nearly as much resistance in the second and third sets. FSC never trailed in either set, leading by as much as six on three occasions in the second and by eight at one point in the third. The last two sets were both sparked by 3-0 leads.
NSU suffered many self-inflicted wounds in the second set. The team collected a total of 13 errors, including five attack errors committed by junior Sydney Cook. Cook, however, did lead all players with a match-high 11 kills and was the only player from either team with double-digit kills.
In the third, freshman Anna Tovo (Aiken, S.C.) recorded back-to-back kills for the Mocs' second and third points. Tovo would earn five of her six kills in the third set to help the Mocs close out the victory.
Leading 8-4, FSC went on a 6-2 run to take its largest lead of the night in any set. Brady struck for two of her eight kills during the run. Brady finished tied with senior Kate Stromberg (Lexington, Ky.) for the team lead with eight kills, and hit a team-best .538. Brady entered the match hitting .384, the third-highest average in the SSC.