ORLANDO, FL - Nicole Mattson tallied 19 kills and Florida Southern College volleyball picked up its fourth-straight victory with a 3-0 sweep of West Georgia on Saturday afternoon at the Orlando Sports Center. The win gave the Moccasins (17-8) a perfect 3-0 record during the 2018 South Region Crossover over the weekend. The Wolves (11-10) were one of three Gulf South Conference teams who were toppled by the Mocs. FSC also snagged wins over Valdosta State and No. 12 West Florida.
Florida Southern is plays its next four matches on the road before wrapping up the season at home against Rollins (Nov. 9) and Tampa (Nov. 10).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In a match that went back-and-forth for the majority of the time, West Georgia was able to jump out to the first sizeable lead (9-6), but the Mocs pieced together a 7-0 run to swing momentum in their favor and take a 13-9 lead. A 6-1 run by Southern just moments later helped the lead swell to 19-12 and gave the Moccasins the momentum they would need en route to a 25-20 first-set win. The Wolves cut the gap to three several times in the late stages, but back-to-back kills by Buse Ene gave FSC its final points.
- West Georgia would also get out to a three-point lead (7-4) in the second set, but the Mocs quickly erased the deficit with a 5-1 run and snagged an 8-7 lead. The teams would battle nearly point-for-point the rest of the way until the Mocs scored three in a row, the final on Mattson's ace, to come away with a 25-22 victory.
- The third set saw Florida Southern jump out to a 4-0 advantage and led by as many as five (10-5) early on. But the Wolves hung in the contest and eventually closed the gap to just one (10-9). A 6-0 run by the Mocs later in the set pushed their advantage to six (18-12) and it looked as if the contest was out of reach for UWG. However, West Georgia battled all the way back to tie things at 22-22. Ene and Mattson would put down kills for two of the Mocs' final three points to snag another 25-22 victory and go home with a win.
- Mattson's 19 kills came along with nine digs and one ace. Ene recorded her 10 kills on the strength of a .429 attack percentage and tallied 10 digs, while Gabby Fresh had a team-best 22 digs. As a team the Moccasins hit .270 on the attack and held the Wolves to just .223. Bethany Besancenez recorded 41 assists.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 6-0 all-time against West Georgia, including a 4-0 record when facing the Wolves on a neutral court. The Moccasins have now won six-straight matches at the annual South Region Crossover after going 3-0 a year ago.
- Mattson upped her career kill total to 1,540 and needs 76 more to move into fourth in school history. Besancenez upped her career assists total to 4,941. She is on pace to become just the second player in school history with 5,000 career assists. She also has recorded 1,287 digs, good for ninth in program history. She is 37 digs shy of moving into eighth in program history.
- Florida Southern will play its next four matches on the road at Florida Tech (Oct. 26), Embry-Riddle (Oct. 27), Nova Southeastern (Nov. 2), and Palm Beach Atlantic (Nov. 3). The Mocs close out the regular season at home against Rollins (Nov. 9) and Tampa (Nov. 10).