Box Score BOCA RATON, Fla. –
Despite having a two-game edge over the host Lynn Fighting Knights, the Nova Southeastern volleyball team dropped a five-set match on Tuesday evening. With the loss, the Sharks snap their four-game win streak.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
FINAL: L, 2-3 (25-15, 25-22, 21-25, 18-25, 8-15)
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern Sharks (4-3, 2-1 SSC), Lynn Fighting Knights (3-3, 1-2 SSC)
LOCATION: de Hoernle Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
SET 1 | Tied 9-9 in the first game, the Sharks used a kill by Maya Patterson
and three-consecutive kills by Denvyr Tyler-Palmer
to grab a 13-9 lead. The Sharks continued to put on the offensive pressure, taking a 20-13 lead before the Fighting Knights called for a timeout. NSU didn't let up, however, as the Sharks went on to win 25-15.
SET 2 | The second set was much closer than the first, seeing 14 ties in total. At 18-15 in Lynn's favor, the Sharks rallied to knot the game, 18-18, with kills by Jane Early
and Patterson. LU was able to even the score again, 22-22, but errors by the Knights and a kill by Samantha Blasko
finished it, giving NSU a 2-0 advantage.
SET 3 | NSU had all the momentum on their side early in the set, taking a strong 7-1 lead before the Knights quickly caught up to come within one, 8-7. The Sharks were able to extend their advantage to 13-9 with a kill by Patterson but a four-point run by Lynn knotted the game for the first time, 13-13. The rest of the set saw four lead changes, when tied at 21-21 three-consecutive errors by the Sharks and a kill by Lynn's Marcella De Vuono gave the 25-21 win to the host team.
SET 4 | Opposite from the set before, the Knights jumped out early for an 9-3 lead, and kept control of the game throughout the entire set. The Sharks were able to come within three, 16-13, with a kill by Tyler-Palmer but that would be as close as they would get as Lynn went on to force a fifth set with a 25-18 win.
SET 5 | Once again, the momentum showed to be on the home team's side as Lynn grabbed a 4-1 lead and never looked back. NSU utilized an error by the Knights to bring the deficit to two points, 7-5, but a four-point run by Lynn closed the door on a rally and ultimately the victory.
INSIDE THE STATS:
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Tyler-Palmer once again showed her strength on the court, tallying a game-high 25 kills, to go along with 17 digs for the double-double.
- Samantha Blasko added a double-double of her own with 15 assists and 16 digs, while Rivera added 19 assists.
- Megan Burns continues to add to her dig count with 17, and Kaelyn Brock picked up 20 of her own. Each added five assists.
- Tyler-Palmer's double-double marks her fourth straight.
- Samantha Blasko's 16 digs were a career-high, amassing her previous record of 12 set in 2015.
- Maddie Uilk also recorded a career-high in blocks, seven assisted and one of her own.
The Sharks will return to the friendly confines of the Rick Case Arena this weekend to host Eckerd on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and No. 20 Saint Leo at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. This will be the first time since Sept. 2 the Sharks will be playing on their home court due to Hurricane Irma.
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