WINTER PARK, Fla. - Florida Southern College volleyball earned its first conference win of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Warden Arena, winning 3-1 over Rollins College in the 100th meeting between the two teams. The Moccasins (3-10, 1-5 SSC) tallied 10 blocks in four sets against the Tars (4-10, 1-5 SSC) and held the home side to a .128 hitting percentage for the day. The Moccasins will be back in action next weekend at home against Lynn and Nova Southeastern.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Set one saw the Tars gain a slight edge over the visiting Moccasins, winning five-straight points after an 8-8 tie to force a Florida Southern timeout. The Mocs responded with a 7-2 run to draw the set even at 15, igniting a battle that continued to 24-24. The Tars earned two points on kills from Marlee Johnson and Candace Doxey to take the first set, 26-24.
- The second set saw an even closer back-and-forth affair that saw eight lead changes and 12 tie scores. The Tars rallied late with a 4-1 run to go ahead 24-23 and earn set point, but three-straight points from the Moccasins on a service ace and two Rollins errors gave them the second-set win, 26-24, over the home side.
- After 12 tie scores and seven lead changes to start the third set at 13-13, the Moccasins streaked away with the lead, mounting a 9-2 run to hold a comfortable 22-15 lead. The Tars pulled within three to force a Moccasin timeout, but a Tars service error and kills from Tierra Porter and Raeley Matthews sealed the third set, 25-21, in favor of FSC.
- Both sides traded points to begin the fourth set, with the Mocs holding a 14-13 lead over the Tars. The Moccasins then earned 11-straight points, the most consecutive points won so far this season, to rout Rollins in the fourth set, 25-13, and earn the match with a 3-1 victory.
- Porter and Rachael Martin led the Moccasins in kills with 12 each, followed by Lena Bondar (9) and Matthews (7). Three Mocs tallied double-digit digs as Hailey Williams (17), Matthews (12) and Buse Ene (11) accounted for over half of the team's total digs. Mika Garza recorded 37 assists, while the Mocs recorded 10 total blocks, led by Martin (5), Bondar (3) and Matthews (3).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Moccasins continue to dominate in the all-time series against the Tars, leading 92-8. The win is the 11th-straight for FSC against Rollins and sixth-straight at Winter Park, where the Mocs are 39-4 all-time.
- Martin's five blocks marks her best performance this season and are the most since Nov. 2, 2018, when she recorded five against Nova Southeastern in a 3-0 Moccasin win.
- Williams' 17 digs are the most for her collegiate career in a match. The same can be said for Matthews, whose 12-dig performance marks her first time recording double-digit digs in a collegiate match.
- The Moccasins will host Lynn and Nova Southeastern on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m., respectively at the Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House. From there the Mocs will head to Birmingham, Ala. from Oct. 18-19 for three matches at the South Region Crossover.