Volleyball Loses Five-Set Heartbreaker to Saint Leo

Volleyball Loses Five-Set Heartbreaker to Saint Leo
The Buccaneer defense had 67 digs in the loss. Photo by Joel Auerbach.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla—The Barry University women’s volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker to the Saint Leo Lions on Saturday afternoon in the Health & Sports Center. The Lions came out on top 23-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-17, 15-11.

Barry (10-6, 2-5 SSC) stormed out to an 11-3 lead in set one with the help of 7 combined kills by Julia Ridley, Meisje-Sable Burton, and Stefanie Sveiven. Saint Leo (23-7, 4-5 SSC) began to chip away at the Buc lead, getting to 19-16 led by three Chelsea Armer kills. However the Bucs were able to close out the first set, 22-25.

The Lions led much of the second set getting to leads of 7-2 and 14-9 before the Buccaneer offense began to rage back. Three Lion errors and nine Barry kills helped the Bucs close out set two 25-20.

After losing set three 25-23, and set four 25-17, the Bucs and Lions squared off for a fifth and decisive set.

In set five, Saint Leo got out to a quick 10-1 lead with the help of eight Buccaneer mistakes. After a Saint Leo point, two kills by Pagnan and one by Samara Ferreira got the Bucs to 11-4, but the Bucs were unable to get close. Barry and Saint Leo would score four more points apiece, and the Bucs lost 15-11.

For Saint Leo, Jenna Jordan had 15 kills and Michelle Nogueras had 44 assists. Meanwhile, The Buccaneer hitters combined for 58 kills and Libby Walter has 47 assists. Lauren Evans and Julie Priester led the defense with 19 and 15 digs respectively.

The Buccaneers return to action on Tuesday, Oct 21 at Nova Southeastern at 7:00 pm.

Short Box Score (Match)
2008 Barry University Buccaneers
Saint Leo vs Barry (10/18/2008 at Miami Shores, Fla.)

Saint Leo def. Barry 22-25,20-25,25-23,25-17,15-8

Saint Leo (23-7, 4-5 SSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jenna Jordan 15-0-0;
Kaitlin McKenna 14-0-3; Michelle Nogueras 8-2-2; Chelsea Armer 8-0-1;
Leah Perry 6-0-4; Danielle Bletso 3-0-1; Emily Frey 2-1-3; Audrey
Starkebaum 1-0-0; Amanda Cook 0-1-0; Totals 57-4-9.0. (Assists) -
Michelle Nogueras 44. (Dig leaders) - Corey Ryan 20; Jenna Jordan 17;
Amanda Cook 13; Michelle Nogueras 13

Barry (10-6, 2-5 SSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Camilla Pagnan 27-2-0;
Julia Ridley 9-0-0; Meisje-Sable Burton 8-0-2; Stefanie Sveiven 7-0-4;
Samara Ferreira 3-1-6; Danielle Bishop 3-0-0; Libby Walter 1-0-3;
Totals 58-3-8.0. (Assists) - Libby Walter 47. (Dig leaders) - Lauren
Evans 19; Julie Priester 15; Camilla Pagnan 10

Site: Miami Shores, Fla. (HSC)
Date: 10/18/2008 Attend: 112 Time: 2:10
Referees: Tracy Travis, Chuck Prestia