BOCA RATON - Florida Southern rode a strong defensive effort here Saturday afternoon to snap a four-match road losing streak in Sunshine State Conference play as the 17th-ranked Moccasins posted a hard fought three-set sweep over Lynn (25-22, 26-24, 26-24) at the deHoernle Center.
The Mocs, who won for the first time on the road in SSC play since earning a three-set sweep at Rollins in its first league match on Sept. 18, held the Fighting Knights, who snapped Tampa's 59 match SSC win streak last Saturday in five sets, to an .099 hitting percentage to improve to 19-6 overall and 6-5 in the SSC. Lynn fell to 13-10 overall and 4-7 in the SSC with the loss.
It was the 11th time this season that the Mocs have held an opponent to under a .100 attack percentage.
Saturday's match was very competitive as it featured 28 ties and 16 lead changes, including a combined 26 ties and 15 ties in the final two sets.
While Lynn was held to an .099 attack percentage, the Mocs hit .188 for the match and finished with 43 kills, including a match-high 12 kills from sophomore outside hitter Anna Tovo (Aiken, S.C.). Tovo entered the match fresh off a career high 25 kills in the Mocs five-set loss on Friday at Nova Southeastern.
In addition to Tovo, senior right side hitter Kendall Marotti (LaBelle, Fla.) and sophomore middle blocker Allie Geary (DeLand, Fla.) each had nine kills, while senior middle blocker Kayshia Brady (Welaka, Fla.) had six kills and moved within 13 kills of becoming the 21st member of the school's 1,000 Kill Club.
Along with recording nine kills, Geary also hit a team-best .643 and added four blocks in the win, while Tovo had 11 digs to post her team leading 12th double-double of the year and freshman setter Bethany Besancenez (St. Louis, Mo.) had 34 assists and 12 digs for her fourth straight double-double and eighth of the season.
On defense, the Mocs outdug Lynn, 66-61, but were outblocked, 8-7 on the day. FSC's defense was paced by 19 digs from Marotti.
The Mocs jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first set and led 11-5 when Lynn used a 6-3 run to pull within 14-11. FSC, though, responded with a 7-4 run capped by a Marroti kill to take a 21-15 lead. The Fighting Knights answered with a 7-2 run keyed by three kills from Claire Anglich and capped by an ace from Marissa Tandron to move within a point at 23-22. That would be as close as Lynn would get as the Mocs scored the final two points to post a 25-23 set win.
In the second set, FSC jumped out to an early 9-6 lead, before Lynn used an 8-3 run to take a 14-12 lead. Two kills from Geary and an attack error by the Fighting Knights gave the Mocs a 15-14 lead. The teams would then trade points until the Mocs used a 3-1 run to turn a 17-all tie into a 20-18 lead. LU, though, would five of the next seven points to take a 23-22 lead. After the Mocs tied the set on a kill by Brady, Lynn would retake the lead at 24-23 on an attack error by Brady. The Mocs would close out the set by scoring the final three points, including a kill by Tovo to seal the 26-24 win.
The Mocs hit over .200 in the first two sets as they hit .200 in the first set and .213 in the second set, while Lynn hit .179 in the first set and .135 in the second set.
Trailing 2-0 in the match, Lynn looked like it might force a fourth set as they jumped out to a 7-3 lead and led 10-6 when the Mocs responded with a 7-1 run to take a 13-11 lead. The Fighting Knights, though, would respond with a 5-2 run to take a 16-15 lead. FSC would answer by scoring four straight points to take a 19-16 lead, before Lynn scored six of the next eight points to take a 22-21 lead. The Mocs would then close out the set by scoring five of the final seven points to earn its 26-24 win and improve to 12-1 in three set matches this season. FSC hit .139 in the final set and held Lynn to a -.025 attack percentage.
Lydia West led the way for Lynn with 10 kills, while Morgan Dulaney had nine kills and hit .320 and Angelich added seven kills and four blocks for the Fighting Knights.
Lynn was able to stay close in the match thanks to recording eight aces, including a combined seven aces in the final two sets. Tandron and Katie Knight each had two aces for the Fighting Knights.
Knight paced Lynn's defense with 16 digs, while Tandon had 10 to go along with her 33 assists for a double-double.
The Mocs will return home to Jenkins Field House for two matches next weekend as they home the homestand on Friday, Nov. 6 against Saint Leo at 7 p.m. and then they will face Eckerd on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. Saint Leo earned a three set sweep over the Mocs on its home court on Oct. 3, while Eckerd picked up a four set win in St. Petersburg on Oct. 2.