MIAMI SHORES - Florida Southern closed out its two-match trip to South Florida here Saturday afternoon by collecting a three-set sweep over Barry (25-15, 25-11, 25-20) in Sunshine State Conference action at the HSC on the Barry University campus.
Saturday's win came less than 24 hours after the 16th-ranked Moccasins opened its two-match road swing in South Florida with a three-set sweep on Friday at Nova Southeastern. With Saturday's victory, the Mocs improved its overall record to 22-5 and advanced to 12-2 in the SSC and extended its win streak to four straight matches.
Against Barry, who fell to 17-10 overall and 7-7 in the SSC with the loss, the Mocs hit a season-high .385 as they finished with 44 kills and had just seven attack errors on 96 total attack attempts. The .376 hitting percentage bettered the previous season high of .376, which came against Flagler in its third match of the season at the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic.
Leading the Mocs offensive attack on Saturday was senior outside hitter Kate Stromberg (Lexington, Ky.) as she finished with 11 kills and nine digs and hit .345. In addition to Stromberg, freshman outside hitter Anna Tovo(Aiken, S.C.) added nine kills and hit .533, while junior middle blocker Kayshia Brady (Welaka, Fla.) had eight kills and hit .667 and sophomore middle blocker Rachel Mostert (Clearwater, Fla.) recorded seven kills and hit .700 in the victory.
It marked the ninth time this season that the Mocs had hit over .300 in a match as they improved to 9-0 on the season when hitting .300 or better in match. The Mocs are second in the SSC and 15th in Division II in team hitting percentage on the season as they are now hitting .258 on the year.
While its offense was efficient, the Mocs defense also was strong against the Buccaneers as they outblocked Barry, 4-3, recorded 48 digs and held Barry to a .162 hitting percentage, including a combined .128 attack percentage in the final two sets.
Stromberg and senior libero Catherine Brusie (North Branch, Mich.) paced the defense with nine digs apiece, while sophomore outside hitter Brindl Langley (Camas, Wash.) and junior right side hitter Kendall Marotti(LaBelle, Fla.) each had eight digs and Tovo and Mostert each had two blocks in the win.
In the first set, Barry jumped out to an early 2-1 lead before the Mocs used an 11-3 run to take a 12-5 lead. The run was capped by a service ace from senior defensive specialist Jasmine Childress (Muncie, Ind.). The Bucs would stop the Moccasin run with a kill by Tashalyn Begon, before FSC answered with an 8-4 run capped by Tovo kill to push out to a 20-10 lead. Barry would score the next two points to pull within 20-12, but the Mocs would close the set by scoring five of the final eight points to seal its 25-15 win. In the set, the Mocs hit .423 as a team as Tovo and Stromberg recorded four kills apiece.
The second set belonged to the Mocs as they jumped in front 8-2 and never looked back as they hit .452 on offense and held Barry to a .108 attack percentage en route to earning a 25-11 win and taking a 2-0 lead in the match. Brady, Stromberg, Mostert and Tovo each had three kills in the sets for the Mocs.
Barry scored the first point of the third set, before the Mocs used a 10-4 run to push out to a 10-5 lead. The Bucs, though, would respond with a 6-5 scoring run to pull within 15-11 following a kill by Kristina Boncheva. Back-to-back kills by Marotti and Mostert gave the Mocs a 17-11 lead, before Barry used a 6-2 run to drop FSC's lead to 19-17. That would be as close as the Bucs would get, though, as the Mocs responded witth a 7-1 flurry capped by a Stromberg kill to push out to a 24-18 lead. Barry would score the next two points to pull within 24-20, before Tovo sealed the Mocs 25-20 set win with a kill. In the set, the Mocs hit .308 and had 18 kills, while Barry hit .147 and had 10 kills.
The Bucs were led by eight kills from Boncheva, while Jenny Trinidad and Jayla Trombley each had seven kills and combined for 18 digs in the loss.
FSC will close out the road portion of its regular season schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 12 with a 7 p.m. match at Saint Leo, before returning home to close out the 2014 regular season on Friday, Nov. 14 with a 7 p.m. Senior Night match against Rollins.