Volleyball Drops First Two Sets; Rallies To Beat Saint Leo

Julia Teixiera joined the 30-kill club with tonight's win. Photo by J.C. Ridley.
SAINT LEO, Fla.—The Barry University volleyball team dropped the first two sets but stormed back to beat Saint Leo 3-2 (28-26, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-9) on the road on Friday night.
 
Both teams played well in the first set as the Lions and Bucs were tied 22-22 late in the game. The Bucs took a 24-22 lead before Saint Leo tied it again at 24-24. The teams exchanged points back and forth through 26-26 until Saint Leo took the final two points to win set one.
 
The second set played out much like the first as the teams were tied 20-20 and 22-22 late in the set. Yet Saint Leo took the final three points to win set two 25-22.
 
In the third set neither team was able to take more than a three point lead. Barry was up 22-20 and pushed out to 23-21 off a Julia Teixeira kill. After a Saint Leo kill, Barry took the final two points to win 25-22 with the help of a Saint Leo error and a Stefanie Sveiven kill.
 
In the fourth set, the Bucs worked out to an early 14-9 lead with the help of three straight service points by Libby Walter. After Saint Leo took a point back to get to 14-10, Barry took eight of the next ten points to push out to a 22-12 lead. Saint Leo would score three straight before the Bucs took the serve back off a Sveiven kill. Up 22-15, Barry took the final three points to win 25-15.
 
In the fifth and decisive set Barry took an 8-3 lead in the early going with the help of kills by Teixeira, Sveiven and Ady Alcantara. After switching sides, Barry took three points to Saint Leo’s two to put the score at 11-5.
 
The Lions took the next three points to get close at 11-8. Yet the Bucs took four of the final five points to win set five 15-9. Teixiera and Lanie Muys had kills to aid the Bucs down the stretch.
 
For the Buccaneers, Teixeira led the way with 30 kills while Alcantara and Sveiven combined for 26. Teixiera added three aces while Sveiven had a pair.
 
With the wins, the Bucs move to 12-3 on the season and 7-2 in the Sunshine State Conference. The Bucs return to action tomorrow night when they visit Eckerd at 7:00 pm. Fans can listen to the game live on GameCentral.
 
Short Box Score (Match)
2010 Barry Volleyball
Barry vs Saint Leo (10/22/10 at Saint Leo, Fla.)
 
Barry def. Saint Leo 26-28,22-25,25-22,25-15,15-9
 
Barry (12-3, 7-2 SSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Julia Teixeira 30-3-2; Ady
Alcantara 16-1-8; Stefanie Sveiven 10-2-5; Lanie Muys 4-0-6; Libby
Walter 1-0-4; Milena Bukinac 1-0-0; Alicia Guerrero 0-1-0; Totals
62-7-14.0. (Assists) - Libby Walter 55. (Dig leaders) - Ady Alcantara
22; Milena Bukinac 20; Amie Manke 17; Libby Walter 13; Julia Teixeira
 9
 
Saint Leo (10-10, 5-4 SSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Celeste Bonter
19-0-3; Bruna Rocha 13-1-3; Leah Perry 12-0-3; Danielle Bletso 11-0-1;
Kaitlin McKenna 9-0-5; Jaclyn Mailoto 3-0-2; Kim Nuckols 0-3-0; Totals
67-4-13.0. (Assists) - Jaclyn Mailoto 55. (Dig leaders) - Bruna Rocha
26; Jessica Mendoza 15; Kim Nuckols 11; Celeste Bonter 11; Jaclyn
Mailoto 9; Danielle Bletso 8
 
Site: Saint Leo, Fla. (The Bowman Center)
Date: 10/22/10       Attend: 194   Time: 2:20   
Referees: Joya Teter, Greg Latter
 

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