TAMPA, Fla.—After winning the first two sets, the Barry University women’s volleyball team dropped the last three to lose its match against Tampa.
In the first set, the Bucs got out to a 16-11 lead with the help two kills apiece by Meisje-Sable Burton and Danielle Bishop. The Spartans (12-1, 1-3 SSC)) fought to stay in the game with the help of Melissa Vanderhall who had six kills, but were unable to capitalize, and lost the first set 20-25.
In set two, Tampa got off to an early lead before trading points back-and-forth with the Buccaneers until the game was tied at ten. Barry racked off the next four points thanks to two Tampa mistakes, and two Camilla Pagnan kills. It was all but over at that point, as Barry held off Tampa to win the second set 14-25.
Mistakes plagued the early portions of the third set as Tampa stormed out to a 10-2 lead off of seven Buccaneer blunders. Tampa easily won set three 9-25.
In set four, Tampa again stormed out to an early lead, going up 8-1. The Bucs fought back to 21-15, but a kill by Tampa’s Sam Macks was enough to end it at 26-16.
In the fifth and decisive set, thue Bucs and Spartans traded points through the first eight rallies to go to 4-4. Tampa took the next seven points with the help of four Buccaneer mistakes. The Spartans would go on to win set five 15-8.
The Bucs go to 4-3, 1-2 SSC. In the loss, the Bucs combined for 44 kills. Libby Walter had 25 assists, and Julie Priester added 11.
The Buccaneers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 4 against Flagler and Valdosta State at Flagler.