FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball completed the season sweep of Nova Southeastern on Friday night in Fort Lauderdale with a three-set victory. Tierra Porter and Nicole Mattson tallied 10+ kills each as the Mocs (19-9, 11-6) picked up their second three-set sweep of the Sharks (6-22, 4-14) this season.
Porter (13) and Mattson (12) led the offense in kills while Buse Ene (12) and Gabby Fresh (11) led Florida Southern in digs. The Moccasins held Nova Southeastern to just .140 on the attack in the three-set victory. Florida Southern took six straight sets to defeat Nova Southeastern in both meetings this season. The Mocs lead the all-time series 29-6 including the last six matches and have lost just one match to Sharks since 2010. The last four victories have been 3-0 sweeps.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Sharks took the first point of the match and then saw the Mocs go on a 7-0 run to build a commanding lead un the opening set. In that 7-0 run, Porter recorded three kills while Ene had two and Mattson also tallied a kill. The Mocs would go on a 6-1 run to close out the first set (25-15) as they never let the Sharks take a second lead in the set.
- Set two saw the teams' trade points until the Mocs were able to get back-to-back points to put the set at 7-5. Florida Southern kept a two-point led in until the Sharks tied the set at 11-11 after Porter committed back-to-back attack errors. A kill by Leslie Atherton put the Sharks up by two (18-16) before the Mocs would battle back to close the set out on a 9-2 run to claim the second set 25-20. Florida Southern would get the set point on a service ace by Ene.
- Down two sets to none, the Sharks came out fighting as they built a 4-1 lead in the eventual final set. Head coach Chris Keen challenged the call of a ball hit out of bounds on the fourth NSU point but to no avail as the officials went to replay and ruled the ball did not hit the line. Florida Southern would rally to tie the set at 11-11 but Nova Southeastern would go on a 4-2 run to regain the lead. Thanks to a service error by the Sharks, a kill by Matson and an attack error on Sharks' Maya Patterson allowed the Mocs to take their first lead of the set (16-15). The teams would trade points to keep the match tied (18-18) after which attack errors by Porter and Matson gave the Sharks a two-point lead. After the Mocs tied the match (22-22) the Sharks took a timeout and then took a one-point lead (23-22). The Mocs would call their final timeout and then Whitney Drost and Rachael Martin would provide a crucial block to move the Mocs to match point. Martin would come up clutch again as she fired off the final kill to take the set and match from the Sharks.
- Porter finished with a team-high in kills while also adding dig. The Mocs hit .327 on the attack, and Bethany Besancenez recorded 34 assists and seven digs. Porter and Mattson had a block each. Florida Southern held the Sharks to just .140 on the attack including keeping two players to a negative hitting percentage.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 29-6 all-time against Nova Southeastern, including 12-4 when in Fort Lauderdale. The Moccasins hit 19 wins for the sixth-straight year, and have recorded 11 SSC wins for the seventh time in the last nine seasons.
- Mattson added 12 kills to bring her career kill total to 1,592 kills and needs 25 more to move into fourth place in school history. She has also tallied nine digs to up her total to 1,253 digs, she needs just 15 more digs to move into a tie with former teammate Anna Tovo for 9th place in program history in career digs. Besancenez pushed her career assist total to 5,088 to become just the second player in school history with 5,000 assists. She has also recorded 1,320 digs and needs three more to move into eighth in program history.
- Florida Southern will play its final road match tomorrow at Palm Beach Atlantic (Nov. 3) before closing out the regular season with contests against Rollins (Nov. 9) and Tampa (Nov. 10). The Moccasins were ranked No. 4 in the South Region when the NCAA released its second set of regional rankings earlier this week, putting the Mocs in line to secure their ninth-straight NCAA Tournament berth. The top eight teams in the final regional rankings will earn a trip to the NCAA South Regional later this month.