Saint Leo, Fla. – The Saint Leo University volleyball team (26-9, 6-7 SSC) had their three game winning streak stopped as they fell to the Lynn University Fighting Knights (22-11, 7-6 SSC) 3-2, in a thrilling five set match (15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-18, 13-15), Friday evening at the Bowman Center.
The Lions were led by Chelsea Armer, as she pumped out a season high 20 kills while hitting a team best .410. Armer did not stop there, as she scooped up 12 digs for her second consecutive double-double. Kaitlin McKenna notched 14 kills and hitting .296 for Saint Leo, while Michelle Nogueras finished just two kills away from a triple-double. Still, the setter had 45 assists and contributed 12 digs on the way to her 29th double-double of the campaign. Junior Jenna Jordan hammered down eight kills and dug nine balls, while seniors Jessi Lynn and Amanda Cook had 10 and 15 digs, respectively.
Once again, the Lions dug themselves a 2-0 hole to a very dangerous Lynn University squad.
The third set changed the complexion of the game though, as the Lions began their comeback attempt lead by Armer. The junior had a set high seven kills including the momentum swinger near the midpoint mark of the set. With the set tied at 15, Armer stepped up and struck a ball just inside the endline to give the Lions a lead they never relinquished. She closed out the match in the same fashion, pounding a ball off a Lynn defender into the crowd, helping advance the Lions into a fourth set.
The hot play of Armer continued, totaling nearly half of the teams kills. After a shaky start SLU found themselves down by four points, but rallied off ten of the next 13 points to take a 17-14 lead. The Fighting Knights didn’t get much closer as the Lions stretched their lead out to seven, the final margin of victory.
The energy didn’t carry over to the fifth set as the Lions quickly fell behind 8-3 at the interchange. The deficit became too large for the Lions to overcome, even though Saint Leo outscored their opponents 10-7 during the final stretch of the match. The loss drops the Lions to under .500 in the SSC with three conference matches remaining in the regular season.
The Lions out-blocked the Fighting Knights 11-to-8 but could not overcome 28 team errors.
The Lions return to the floor Saturday, November 8 with another SSC showdown against the Sharks of Nova Southeastern. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. at the Bowman Center. The game will be broadcasted live on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.