Volleyball Splits on First Day of Season at Shark Classic
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.- Lynn University’s volleyball team started the season with a bang at the 7th Annual Sharks Classic Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern on Saturday. The Fighting Knights picked up their first win of the season in a 3-0 decision over Pfeiffer in the opening match of the tournament. In the second match of the day LU dropped 3-1 to Findlay in after holding off the Oilers with a third set win. Lizzy Raffa led the team with 19 kills over the course of the day and freshman setter Marissa Tandron totaled 61 assists in her first two games for Lynn.
It didn’t take long for the Blue & White to take control of the first set. After forfeiting the first point to the Falcons, LU went on an 11-1 run and never turned back. As a team the Knights posted a .304 hitting percentage en route to the 25-11 win.
Set two had a different tempo as PU came out more aggressive as the lead flip-flopped for most of the game. A kill by freshman Kendall Peterson put Lynn up 20-16, forcing the Falcons to regroup during a time out. LU finished the set with four consecutive points for the 25-19 victory. Pfeiffer had a team-high 12 kills in the second set matching Lynn’s 12 but the Fighting Knights had a .267 clip to the Black & Gold’s .027 clip.
In the final set, Lynn took a quick lead before Pfeiffer went on a 5-0 run lead to knot the score at 7-all. LU took its biggest lead of eight on an attack error by PU’s Allison Rosas to give the Fighting Knights a 19-11 lead. Lynn defeated Pfeiffer 25-16 to win the game 3-0.
Liga Strautniece led the game with nine kills and five service aces while senior Angie Caple added eight kills. Freshman Tandron tallied 24 assists while Katie Knights and Kendall Peterson each added four kills a-piece. Brianna Jones led the Falcons with seven total kills while Emily Wall had 11 assists.
In the second game Findlay took an early lead and the Fighting Knights found it hard to make up ground. LU totaled 12 kills in set one but Findlay’s .316 clip and 17 kills helped the Oilers to a 25-19 win.
The Blue & White’s entered set two with enthusiasm. With 19 kills the Knights were able to tie the set at 24-all after avoiding two consecutive match-points for the Oilers. Attack errors troubled Lynn which eventually fell to Findlay 26-24.
Lynn won set three 25-21 forcing a fourth set in the match with a .211 clip while capitalizing on a tired offense from the Oilers. UF came back strong in the fourth set to take the game with a 25-20 victory.
Raffa led the game with 18 kills and a .239 clip while Caple and Strautniece added nine and eight kills respectively. Tandron totaled 37 assists in the loss and Nikki Haben led the game with 16 digs.
The Blue & White begin the season 1-1 after the first day of the 7th Annual Shark Classic hosted by Nova Southeastern. Lynn is back on the court Saturday, September 7 at 9 a.m. when the Fighting Knights take on Barton and Virginia State at 2 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on the final day of the Shark Classic. Fans can follow live stats at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine for in-game updates.