MIAMI SHORES, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball was unable to upend undefeated Barry University on Saturday, falling 3-0 at the Health and Sports Center. The Moccasins (6-6, 1-3 SSC) suffered their third-straight loss in Sunshine State Conference action, while the Buccaneers (12-0, 4-0) remained perfect both in SSC action and overall.
Florida Southern will return home next weekend for the start of five-straight home matches, beginning with matches with Embry-Riddle (Sept. 21) and Florida Tech (Sept. 22).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first set featured a contest that was highly-competitive in the early stages. After a 3-0 run by the Mocs late in the set put them up 18-17 and forced Barry to take a timeout, the Bucs responded with an 8-1 run to close out the set and earn a 25-18 first-set win.
- In the second set, both teams were able to keep it close through much of the early going. After Barry scored two in a row to grab a 19-16 lead, Florida Southern called a timeout of its own and came out of the break with two-straight points to pull within one (19-18). However, the Buccaneers answered with four-straight points to extend their lead to 23-18. The Moccasins pulled within three in the late stages (23-20) but back-to-back attack errors gave Barry the final two points in a 25-20 second-set win.
- Barry raced out to an 8-3 lead in the third and final set, but Southern stormed back with seven-straight points to grab a 10-8 lead. It would be short-lived, however, as the Bucs scored five of the next seven points to jump back in front by one (13-12). The Mocs were able to get back in front late in the set (23-22), but the Buccaneers used back-to-back blocks and a service ace to close out the match with a 25-23 third-set win.
- Nicole Mattson once again led Florida Southern with 19 kills, while Bethany Besancenez had 32 assists. Four Moccasins had at least 10 digs, led by 19 from Gabby Fresh. Although Florida Southern finished with two more total kills than the Bucs (37-35), Barry finished with a 9-5 advantage in blocks and tallied eight service aces.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 40-33 all-time against Barry, including 15-18 on the road. The loss snapped a five-match winning streak over the Bucs dating back to 2015 and is just the second loss for the Mocs in the past 16 meetings.
- Mattson increased her career kill total to 1,361. She needs 48 more to move up to sixth all-time. Saturday's match narrowly snapped a streak of four-straight 20-kill performances for Mattson, who entered the weekend as the NCAA Division II leader kills per set (5.16).
- Besancenez has now tallied 4,448 assists for her career. She is 1,281 assists shy of tying Jordan McAfee for the most in school history.
- Florida Southern will return home next weekend for the start of five-straight home matches, beginning with matches with Embry-Riddle (Sept. 21) and Florida Tech (Sept. 22). The Mocs will also face Palm Beach Atlantic (Sept. 28), Nova Southeastern (Sept. 29), and Saint Leo (Oct. 2) during the homestand.