Volleyball Takes two in Tourney Finale; Cox Breaks All-Time Blocking Mark
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—With Briana Cox setting a new single-match block assist record, Lynn University’s volleyball team captured wins over Merrimack (3-0) and Wayne State (3-2) in the finale of the 6th Annual Nova Classic on Saturday. Cox recorded 12 block assists in the Wayne St. match to surpass Haley Pratt’s 2009 record of 11 versus Eckerd on Sept. 18.
From the first point of the match in game one against the Warriors of Merrimack when the Blue & White’s senior captain Abbey Brokop posted an ace, Lynn never tailed the rest of the set. The Worriers tied the match at 3-3 before the Fighting Knights created separation with a 7-1 run and never looked back posting a 25-18 first-set win.
Brittany Brown led Lynn in kills for the set with four on a .429 hitting percentage. Briana Cox totaled two solo blocks on her way to a career-best in the category.
In set two, Lynn came out of the gates hot and rallied to a 9-3 advantage, forcing a Merrimack timeout. The Worriers came back and cut the Lynn lead down to three at 13-10 to force a Lynn timeout. Out of the timeout, Lynn finished out the match with an impressive 12-2 run and a 25-12 set win.
Cox and Elyse Fleck led the Fighting Knights with three kills each while the team totaled six block assists and one solo block from Cox.
Lynn suffered their first deficit of the match in set three but rose to the challenge en route to a 25-14 win on the back of a 15-3 run to close out the set.
Brown’s four kills in set three led all attackers. She also tallied two block assists. Cox chipped in with two solo blocks while libero Michelle Jordan collected seven digs.
Brown totaled nine kills for the match and tied a career-best five block assists while amassing a .438 hitting percentage. Cox collected a career-best five solo blocks.
Lynn checked in with 10 total team blocks, 14 service aces and 28 digs. Jordan led Lynn with 14 digs as Brokop had 17 assists and Mandy McIntosh added 12 assists.
In the second match of the day, Lynn faced Wayne St. (Mich.) and came away victorious in a five-set thriller.
Lynn rifled out to a 7-2 tilt in set one over Wayne St. and forced a timeout. Wayne St. then cut the lead down to three at 8-5 before the Blue & White posted a 17-12 advantage. The Lynn advantage then fell back to three with the score 20-17 before the Knights finished off the Worriers in the first set with a 25-21 win.
Dugan led LU in kills in set one with three and a .750 hitting percentage. Cox continued to dominate the net and added three bock assists to help the Knights total eight block assists in the set.
Set number two saw 15 ties and 11 lead changes and need extra points to decide a winner but the Fighting Knights grinded their way to a 26-24 win led by Brown’s five kills and Cox’s two block assists.
After set two went tied at 19, Wayne St. collected the next two points and to force a Lynn timeout. Lynn then tied it up at 21 and Wayne St. used a timeout. The match then went in favor of Wayne St. 24-23 before Brown tied things up with a kill, Cox gave Lynn the lead with a kill and McIntosh’s dumped set found pay dirt to end the set.
Wayne St. came out in set three with their backs against the wall and amassed a 7-3 advantage. The Knights rallied to tie things up at 10 but then fell behind 19-16. Lynn continued to battle and tied the set at 23 but lost the next two points and the set 25-23. Caple led Lynn in the set with four kills while Cox had four block assists.
Set four saw a similar result for the Fighting Knights with Lynn falling 25-20 despite Lizzy Raffa’s four kills and three kills each from Dugan and Brown.
In the fifth and final set, Lynn rolled out to an 11-9 advantage before Wayne St. collected four-straight points to go up 13-11. Lynn knotted the deciding set after a block by Cox and Caple and then a kill by Dugan. An attack error from Wayne St. put the Fighting Knights within one point of capturing the match. Brown and Dugan sealed the deal for Lynn with a block to end the game.
In addition to her record-setting 12 block assists, Cox had seven kills while Dugan and Brown led the Knights with 12 kills each. Jordan broke into the top-10 in the Lynn record books for digs by totaling a career-best 29. Dugan collected her second double-double of the season with 12 digs to go along with her 12 kills.
For the four matches in the Nova Tournament, Cox amassed 27 total blocks at an astonishing 1.80 blocks per set clip. Brown led Lynn in kills with 39 on a .333 hitting percentage.
Lynn will host the Courtyard by Marriott Invitation next weekend with their first contest coming on Friday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. versus the Clark Atlanta Panthers. For more information, log on to LynnFightingKnights.com, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.