Volleyball Loses in 5-set Battle to Nova

Volleyball Loses in 5-set Battle to Nova
The loss is the second straight SSC loss for the Bucs. Photo by J.C. Ridley.

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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