SAINT LEO, Fla.— The Barry University volleyball team lost their second straight SSC match on Saturday, losing to Saint Leo three games to two.
In the first set, the Buccaneers (15-12, 5-11 SSC) got out to a quick 5-11 lead with kills by Camilla Pagnan, Libby Walter, Stefanie Sveiven, and Meisje-Sable Burton and a number of Saint Leo (28-10, 9-7 SSC) errors. The Lions fought back, bringing the game within two at 14-16 helped by three Buccaneer errors. The set was tied at 21-21 before Barry took two of four points off of a kill apiece by Pagnan and Romina Powers to win the set 23-25.
Set two was close through the early part of the game as the Bucs and Lions were tied at 5-5. Barry won four of the next five points to take a 6-9 lead and maintained it through 8-11 before Saint Leo won three straight points to bring the set within one at 10-11. Barry pushed out to a 16-19 lead as Svieven and Pagnan continued their effective hitting. Yet Saint Leo won the next three points to tie the game at 19-19. The Bucs and Lions traded points through 29-29 before Saint Leo finally earned the last two points to win 31-29.
In set three, the Lions got out to a quick 4-1 lead. They pushed that lead to 13-7 and 20-8 before finally ending the game 25-10.
Set four was tied early at 7-7 and 10-10 before Barry earned a 13-15 lead by kills from Powers, Svieven, and Samara Ferreira. Amie Manke added an ace in the run. Barry pushed the lead out to 16-21 as Saint Leo made errors and the Buccaneer offense was on fire. The Lions earned four straight points to come within one at 20-21. After a timeout, the Bucs and Lions traded points back and forth through 23-23 before Barry took the final two points off of two Pagnan kills to win the set 23-25.
In the fifth and final set, The Lions pushed to a 7-4 lead, and eventually closed out the set 17-15.
For the Buccaneers, Pagnan had a single game career high 38 kills and Powers added 11. Libby Walter had 61 assists while Lauren Evans led the defense with 30 digs.
The match was the final regular season game for the Buccaneers. They now wait to see if they will take place in the regional tournament in Tampa, Fla. Nov. 21-23.