The Moccasins closed out the FSC Classic with a flourish Saturday night, knocking off sixth-ranked Grand Valley State in four sets, 18-25, 25-14, 25-19, 26-24.
The win improves the Moccasins' record to 6-2, while Grand Valley State, which lost its earlier match to Nebraska-Omaha, fell to 3-3. The Lakers are the highest nationally-ranked team the Moccasins have beaten since they topped fourth-ranked Tampa on Sept. 17 last season.
It was Grand Valley State that started the match with a flourish, scoring the first seven points in set one, building a 10-1 lead and posting a 25-18 victory. The Moccasins returned the favor in the second set, cruising to 21-10 lead and winning 25-14 to even the match at one set apiece.
In the third set, the Moccasins had a 16-9 lead and saw Grand Valley State close the margin to 20-19 before scoring the final five points for the 25-19 decision. The Mocs had a 24-20 lead in the fourth set, but the Lakers rallied to tie it at 24-24 before a kill by Anna Greenwood and a Laker setting error produced the final two points and the Moccasin victory.
Greenwood led the Moccasins with 17 kills, her fourth straight match with double-figure kills. Lauren Huber produced 13 kills and hit .375 for the match, while Kelly Sherman added 10 kills and hit .368, Courtney Johnson tallied 16 digs and Elise Burke delivered 45 assists.
With those 45 assists, Burke moved into fourth place on the Moccasins' career assist list with 3,106. She trails only Jordan McAfee (2003-06, 5729), Missey Crain (1988-90, 4021) and Christi Nash (1991-92, 3833).
The Moccasins had two representatives on the eight-player All-Classic Team - Julia Borecka and Burke. The others named to the team were Alyssa Nelson and Anna Zyvloski of Minn.-Duluth, Ellen Thommes of Nebraska-Omaha, Whitney Tremain of Grand Valley State, Michelle Nogueras of Saint Leo and Lydee Benoit of Eckerd.
Next weekend the Moccasins travel to Pensacola for the first of two South Region crossover events. On Friday, they will meet North Alabama at 11:30 a.m. and West Alabama at 4:30 p.m., then face West Florida at 3 p.m. on Saturday. All are Central times.