Volleyball Loses in 5-set Battle to Nova

DAVIE, Fla.—The Barry University volleyball team dropped its second straight SSC match in a row on Tuesday night, losing in a mêlée to the Nova Southeastern Sharks (17-5, 6-2 SSC) in five sets.

In set one, the Sharks got out to a 6-3 lead before Barry (10-7, 2-6 SSC) came back to tie it at 9-9. The Bucs and Sharks traded points back and forth through the next 10 rallies (14-14) before Nova took a 17-14 lead off of three service points by Valentina Petrova. The Bucs wouldn’t get much closer, losing set one 25-23.

In set two, Nova got out to a quick 7-2 lead. The Bucs fought to stay close, with kills by Meisje-Sable Burton, Camilla Pagnan, and Samara Ferreira, and were able to tie it up at 14-14. The battle continued back and forth as Nova and Barry were again tied at 20-20. The Bucs took the next two points off of kills by Burton and Pagnan to go up 20-22. After a timeout, the Sharks took four of the next five points and a 24-23 lead. Two Shark mistakes and a Julia Ridley kill gave the Bucs the final three points and a 24-26 win in set two.

Barry and Nova repeated the same scores in sets three and four as they did in sets one and two with Nova taking set three 25-23, and Barry winning set four 24-26.

The clash continued in set five as Nova took a 4-2 lead before Pagnan got a kill and an ace to tie it at 4-4. The Sharks again went up by two off of a kill by Christina Chubb and an ace by Alison Kalish. Barry took the next four points to go up 6-8, led by a Stefanie Sveiven kill and three Nova errors. The teams remained tied at 9-9 before Nova took three of the next five points points to go up 13-10. Two Pagnan kills put the Bucs close at 13-12, but they could muster nothing more, and kills by Melinda Gorman and Paola Ruiz ended the set with the Sharks winning 15-12.

For the Sharks, Gorman led the offense with 12 kills, while all Shark hitters combined for 61 kills. The Buccaneer offense combined for 55 kills and a .175 attack percentage. Libby Walters had 32 assists, and Lauren Evans had 37 digs for the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers spend the next two games on the road; at Rollins on Friday, Oct 24 at 7:00 pm, and Florida Tech on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 pm.

Short Box Score (Match)
2008 Barry University Buccaneers
Barry vs Nova Southeastern (10/21/2008 at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

Nova Southeastern def. Barry 25-23,24-26,25-23,24-26,15-12

Barry (10-7 (2-6 SSC)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Camilla Pagnan 23-3-1;
Julia Ridley 12-0-3; Meisje-Sable Burton 7-0-3; Samara Ferreira 5-1-6;
Stefanie Sveiven 5-0-4; Libby Walter 2-1-0; Julie Priester 1-1-0;
Totals 55-6-9.0. (Assists) - Libby Walter 32. (Dig leaders) - Lauren
Evans 37; Camilla Pagnan 20; Libby Walter 14

Nova Southeastern (17-5 (6-2 SSC)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Melinda
Gorman 12-0-3; Paola Ruiz 11-3-0; Chistina Chubb 10-0-3; Emily Carle
9-2-1; Molly Sigerich 9-2-3; Jenerra McGruder 5-0-0; Valentina Petrova
4-3-1; Alison Kalish 1-1-0; Kathleen Yony 0-1-0; Totals 61-12-7.0.
(Assists) - Valentina Petrova 51. (Dig leaders) - Kathleen Yony 31;
Valentina Petrova 21; Jenerra McGruder 13; Alison Kalish 9; Paola Ruiz

Site: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (University Center)
Date: 10/21/2008 Attend: 510 Time: 2:26
Referees: Moises Santiago, Pedro Leon
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