Volleyball vs. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Volleyball Adds Two to the Wins Column in Day One of Courtyard by Marriott Invitational
Modified Sep 13, 2013 10:46 PM
BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University’s volleyball team added two victories to the wins column on the first day of the Courtyard by Marriott Boca Raton Invitational on Friday. The Fighting Knights opened the annual invitational with a 3-0 win over Fort Valley State University at 9 a.m. before shutting out the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, 3-0, in front of a sold out crowd in the de Hoernle Center. Junior Lizzy Raffa led the offense recording 16 kills between the two matches while freshman setter Marissa Tandron totaled 50 assists over the course of the day.
In the opening game of the tournament Elyse Fleck and Angie Caple both provided valuable offense to the Blue & White each recording nine kills apiece. Caple went 9-for-14 with no attack errors for a .643 clip while Fleck had a hitting percentage of .412. Raffa added seven kills while freshman Mary Claire Angelich chipped in with give.
As a team, LU out hit Fort Valley State who recorded only 11 kills to Lynn’s 39. The Blue & White recorded its best hitting percentage thus far with a .458 clip while holding the opponent to -.020 clip en route to Lynn’s fourth win this season.
When the Fighting Knights took the court for the night match against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in front of a sold-out crowd, vibe was very different from earlier in the day. The opening set was forced into extra points before Lynn emerged victorious with a 29-27 final. Liga Strautniece recorded five kills for the Blue & White in the opening set while Tandron added 11 assists.
Lynn was led by freshman Katie Knight in the second set who recorded a set-high four kills while helping LU to a .238 clip. Tandron added 11 assists in the 25-22 win. Down 2-0 heading into the third set, the Gyrenes put some added pressure on the Knights and capitalized on attack errors by Lynn. The Blue & White fought hard and avoided a fourth set with a slim 25-23 win. Raffa and Caple each recorded three kills apiece and Tandron added eight more assists.
Senior Mandy McIntosh dished out 13 assists 12 digs over the two-game span and junior libero Nikki Haben recorded a team-high 18 digs against Mayaguez.
The Fighting Knights advance to 5-2 on the season and will face off against Seton Hill at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, before taking the court against Daemen at 7 p.m. To see the full season schedule log on to LynnFightingKnights.com. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.