McIntosh Serves Two Victories for Volleyball
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-The Lynn University volleyball team finished the 7th Annual Shark Classic hosted by Nova Southeastern with two wins against Barton and Virginia State on Saturday. Angie Caple tallied 16 kills on the day while Marissa Tandron had 54 assists. Nikki Haben had 29 digs and Mandy McIntosh had a team-high seven service aces.
In the Fighting Knight's first game they used a double-digit lead to take the opening set with a 25-16 final score. Barton led early and stayed with Lynn until a 9-0 run put the Knights up 23-13 and BC could not recover. Senior Mandy McIntosh provided two service aces with five digs while freshman Katie Knight paced LU with a flawless offensive attack game producing four kills without a single error.
Lynn advanced to 2-0 on the match with a 25-22 set two win . Early errors by the Lady Bulldogs gave Lynn an early 10-5 advantage. The Fighting Knights only trailed once in the set when a 6-0 run by Barton took the 11-10 lead. Lynn held its opponent to a .023 attack percentage with Haben amassing 10 digs. Shauna Shortal made her first appearance in the contest and provided two kills while Caple and Elyse Fleck each had a pair of assisted blocks.
The win was secured when LU took set three, 25-22. Barton had the early lead and accumulated its largest spread of the day with an 18-13 lead before a Fighting Knights run knotted the score at 20-all. Knight had four kills in the clinching set and Tandron matched the previous set with eight digs.
Newcomers were the x-factor in the second win of the season as freshman Knight led the Blue & White in kills with nine and freshman setter Tandron had 18 assists. The experienced Haben had a game-high 23 digs with senior McIntosh adding 14 digs and three service aces.
The finale for Lynn was a clean sweep of Virginia State. Caple produced 12 kills on a .435 kill percentage with four block assists. Tandron had 25 assists and seven digs in the victory while McIntosh served a impeccable second set.
Lynn continued their stellar service with when Tandron set the tone with a service ace for the first point. The Fighting Knights found their rhythm midway through the set; taking a three-point deficit and turning it into a three-point victory with a 25-22 score. Elyse Fleck had six kills in the opener while Tandron provided 12 assists. She and Haben each totaled five digs.
Mandy McIntosh put on a serving clinic in the second set. The senior from Orlando, Fla., recorded three service aces in a crucial 7-0 run that put the Fighting Knights ahead 18-8. Lynn had its best offensive production of the day in the 25-14 victory having a .458 clip that was led by Caple with five kills.
The Blue & White completed the match with a 25-14 victory. LU held the Lady Trojans to just five kills and a -.032 kill percentage. Caple hit .667 in the set with four kills to lead the team. Tandron had a game-high 11 assists while newcomers Knight and Liga Strautniece each had four digs.
Lynn advances to 3-1 after the opening weekend of the season and will take the court on Friday, September 13, when the Fighting Knights host Fort Valley State in the opening match of the annual Courtyard by Marriot Boca Raton Invitational at 9 a.m. To follow LU throughout the season log on to LynnFightingKnights.com. Don’t forget to follow @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.
Story by Eli Sirota, Sports Information Intern