MELBOURNE, Fla.—The Barry University volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 24-21, 25-20) road match to the Florida Tech Panthers on Friday evening. The Florida Tech win was their first against the Buccaneers since 2008.
The Panthers (4-8, 3-2 SSC) started strong in set one, taking a 12-7 lead in the early going. Barry (7-3, 1-3 SSC) took seven of the next nine points with the help of kills by Mima Hadjukovic, Morgan Howard, Mariana Lisboa, and Taylor Zirwas to go down 15-14. The Panthers, however, were too strong, taking set one 25-19.
The Bucs dominated the second set, taking an 11-6 lead in the early going. Hajdukovic, Lisboa, Tania Torres, and Lanie Muys each had two service points in the run. The Panthers tried to stay close, but up 16-9, Barry took four straight off of a pair of Lisboa service aces and a kill apiece by Lisboa and Alicia Guerrero. The Bucs took the set 25-18.
In the third set, the Bucs worked out to a 4-0 lead with the help of kills by Muys and Hajdukovic. Florida Tech, jumped right back in it, however, after taking 10 of the next 15 points for a 10-9 lead. The Panthers controlled the remainder of the game and took a 25-21 win in set three.
The teams were evenly matched throughout much of the fourth set, tied multiple times through 15-15. Tech took six straight for a 21-15 lead before relinquishing the serve to the Bucs. Barry fought back, taking five straight to go down 21-20. The Panthers, however, proved too much as they took set four 25-21.
For the Buccaneers, Torres had 16 kills while Hajdukovic had 10. Hajdukovic led the defense with 17 digs while Muys had five blocks, two solo.