Volleyball Closes Out Season With Win Over Lions

Volleyball Closes Out Season With Win Over Lions
Camilla Pagan's return to the lineup was rewarded with 22 kills and 12 digs. She finishes season six kills shy of single-season record. Photo by: Jim Hogue
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Barry University volleyball team (12-20, 4-12 SSC) closed out the regular season with a 3-1 win over the Saint Leo Lions at the Health & Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. The Buccaneers lost the first game 30-22, but then came back to win the final three games 30-22, 30-19 and 30-26.
After sitting out the last three matches with an injury, Camilla Pagnan’s return to the Buccaneer lineup proved to be a valuable asset. She recorded a match-high 22 kills, hit a .500 clip and collected 12 digs to pace the Bucs.
Saint Leo managed to take a one-game lead after the first set with a 30-22 win. The Lions recorded 16 kills on 33 attempts without an error and recorded a blistering .485 team hitting percentage for the advantage. After a 12-12 tie, the Buccaneers outscored Saint Leo 18-10 down the stretch to win game two by the same score, 30-22.
The Buccaneers took that momentum into game three and cruised to a 30-19 win for a 2-1 match advantage. Senior setter Maria Romanowski recorded 15 assists and directed the Buccaneer attack to a .314 clip in the third frame.
Pagan led the final charge in game four with seven kills as Barry went on to win 30-26 to close out the season with a 3-1 win over the Lions. Despite Saint Leo hitting a .344 team percentage in the set, Barry recorded a blazing .552 clip to end the match.
Lauren Evans recorded 12 digs in the match to finish the season with a Barry single-season record of 589 digs. She is the first player in school history to eclipse 500 digs in a season and her 1,186 career digs ranks second all-time in Barry history, just 17 behind career-leader, Cindy Yuan who was a three-time SSC Player of the Year for the Bucs.
Romanowski recorded 56 assists and 11 digs for her 11th double-double performance of the season. She closed out her two-year career with the Bucs with 2,694 assists, which ranks fourth among Barry career leaders, and 24 double-doubles (assists/digs).
For the first time this season, the Bucs had a pair of 20-kill performances. In addition to Pagnan’s 22, sophomore Caitlin Shawver recorded a career-high 20 kills and a .317 hitting percentage. Stefanie Sveiven finished with 10 kills, while Julie Priester added 11 digs.
Kaitlin McKenna paced the Lions with a team-high 12 kills, while Michelle Nogueras dished out 40 assists.
The Buccaneers conclude their 2007 campaign with a 12-20 overall record and 4-13 mark in the Sunshine State Conference.
Barry def. Saint Leo 22-30, 30-22, 30-19, 30-26
Saint Leo (24-13, 6-10 SSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kaitlin McKenna 12-0-2; Audrey Starkebaum 8-1-2; Natalie Gaudreau 7-0-0; Jenna Jordan 7-0-0; Leah Perry 6-0-2; Michelle Nogueras 6-1-1; Emily Frey 4-3-4; Chelsea Armer 2-0-1; Amanda Cook 1-0-0; Jessi Lynn 0-1-0; Eni Lukacs 0-1-0; Totals 53-7-7.0. (Assists) - Michelle Nogueras 40. (Dig leaders) - Michelle Nogueras 9; Amanda Cook 8
Barry (12-20, 4-12 SSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Camilla Pagnan 22-3-0; Caitlin Shawver 20-0-2; Stefanie Sveiven 10-0-2; Samara Ferreira 7-0-0; Meisje-Sable Burton 6-3-1; Maria Romanowski 2-0-2; Spenser Rigg 1-0-0; Lauren Evans 1-2-0; Totals 69-8-4.0. (Assists) - Maria Romanowski 56. (Dig leaders) - Lauren Evans 12; Camilla Pagnan 12; Julie Priester 11; Maria Romanowski 11
Site: Miami Shores, Fla. (Health&Sports Center)
Date: 11/10/2007     Attend: 213   Time: 1:49   
Referees: Jim Fales, Donna Carter
Photo Gallery (By Scott Moore: SPM FL Photographer: Nov. 11, 2007)