LAKELAND, FL - With a lengthy home winning streak on the line, Florida Southern College volleyball delivered yet again with a 3-0 sweep of Sunshine State Conference foe Nova Southeastern on Saturday night at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (10-6, 5-3 SSC) improved to 8-0 at home this year and won their fourth-straight contest overall while topping the Sharks (4-12, 2-7) for the fifth-straight time.
Florida Southern has now won 25 consecutive home matches and has not lost a conference home contest in nearly two years. The Mocs put their home winning streak on the line when they close out a five-match home stretch on Tuesday against Saint Leo.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Nova Southeastern looked as if it might put the Moccasins' home win streak to an end when it jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. But Florida Southern responded with an 11-2 run to jump in front by three (13-10) and eventually extended the advantage to 18-12. It would be all the momentum that Southern would need as it closed things out with five-straight points to take a 25-15 first-set win.
- The Moccasins dominated the early part of the second set as they raced out to a 13-6 advantage and led by as many as nine points (17-8) before the Sharks found their footing. NSU battled all the way back to pull within five (23-18) but could not stave off the inevitable as Allie Hart put down the set-clinching kill to make the final 25-18 and give FSC a 2-0 match lead.
- In the third set, the tables would turn as Nova Southeastern got out to the early lead. After the Mocs cut the deficit from four (11-7) to one (16-15), the Sharks would reel off six in a row to make it 22-15 and pin FSC's back to the wall. However, the Moccasins scored five in a row to make it 22-20 and stole back some momentum. NSU scored the next point to make it 23-20, but Florida Southern rallied with five-straight points to take a 25-23 victory to close out the match.
- Rachael Martin led the Moccasins with kills and hit a blistering .652 on the attack, while Nicole Mattson tallied 10. Mattson also had 16 digs while Makena Wilson tallied 11. The Mocs hit .286 on the attack and held NSU to just .085.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 28-6 all-time against the Sharks, including 16-2 at home. The victory was FSC's 24th in a row at home dating back to Sept. 2, 2017. Southern has now won 18 home contests in a row against SSC foes.
- Mattson upped her career kill total to 1,409 to move into sixth place in school history. Bethany Besancenez recorded 37 assists on Friday to push her career total to 4,610. She needs 1,120 more to set the school record, held by FSC Hall of Famer Jordan McAfee.
- The Moccasins wrap up their five-match homestand on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Saint Leo. Florida Southern then hits the road for matches against Tampa (Oct. 5), Rollins (Oct. 6) and Eckerd (Oct. 9).