. – The Nova Southeastern University Sharks volleyball team nearly pulled off the road upset, but lost to the host Moccasins of Florida Southern College. The loss drops NSU to 11-13 overall and 3-8 in Sunshine State Conference play, while Florida Southern improves to 15-7 overall and 7-3 against fellow league members.
achieved her second double-double in as many days, leading the team with 22 kills and adding 10 digs. Katie Pyles
also had a double-double, as she notched 43 assists with 15 digs, in addition to eight kills. Megan Burns
recorded 24 digs, while Jane Early
and Jenn Rosado
each had career highs with seven and five kills, respectively.
The Sharks jumped out to an early 10-4 lead in set one on an attack error, but the Mocs fought back and kept the margin under three until they tied it at 17. Florida Southern carried that momentum through until they had match point, by scoring six points in a row. The Sharks were able to get three points back, on a Rosado kill and a pair of attack errors, before the Moccasins won, 25-21.
Set two was similar to the first, as the Sharks started out strong, with a 7-2 advantage off an attack error, and forced the Mocs to try to come from behind. Again, Florida Southern wouldn't let the Sharks put much distance between them and eventually were able to tie the set at 22 apiece. The Sharks took a timeout to regroup, and it paid off, taking three points in a row, with a kill by Jane Early
, a Kim Blasko
service ace and a Mocs attack error, to win the set and tie the match. The Sharks hit the ball incredibly well in the set, totaling 15 kills and committing just two errors, for an attack percentage of .500.
The third set started off close, with the two teams alternating the first 11 points, before the Sharks reeled off an 8-0 run, including four of Natalie Melcher
's eight kills on the day. The Sharks used the leverage from that 13-6 lead to put the Moccasins away, winning 25-16 to take the two-sets-to-one lead. They also carried over their attack accuracy from set two, with 14 kills to one error, a .433 attack percentage.
The Mocs didn't back down in set four, once again keeping it close early on, with the Sharks' largest lead of the set being just two points, at 11-9. Florida Southern ran away with the set from the point, outscoring the Sharks 16-6, for a 25-17 victory to push the match to a winner-take-all fifth set.
The Sharks won the first two points of the final set, but again, that was the largest lead the Mocs would allow, as they scored seven of the next ten. The Sharks tied the set at seven-all on a pair of kills by Jessica Ronyak
, before a Mocs kill gave them the slight edge when the two teams switched sides, and taking off to end the match on an 8-3 run, for a 15-10 set victory and 3-2 match victory.
The Sharks will return home next weekend hosting Embry-Riddle at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and Rollins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. For compete coverage, head to NSUSharks.com
and visit the links on the schedule page