LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College volleyball had a tough start to the 2019 season on Friday night, as the Moccasins lost in two 3-1 contests to No. 5 Concordia-St. Paul and Hillsdale on the first day of the Terrace Hotel Classic at Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House. The Mocs (0-2) faced two quality opponents in the No. 5 Golden Bears (1-1) and the Chargers (2-0), the latter of which upset Concordia-St. Paul in the first match of the tournament in a five-set thriller.
Southern is back in action tomorrow with matchups against Indiana (Pa.) (11 a.m.) and No. 17 Central Missouri (7:30 p.m.). The day will also include contests between Central Missouri and Hillsdale, as well as Hillsdale and Indiana (Pa.).
HOW IT HAPPENED AGAINST NO. 5 CONCORDIA-ST.PAUL
- The rematch of the 2017 NCAA Championship match began with a stream of alternating point swings for both squads, with the Moccasins gaining a slight edge with a 12-9 lead. The Golden Bears regained their momentum and answered back with a 16-4 run to take the first set, 25-16.
- The second set again saw the Moccasins gain a slight edge with a 3-1 scoreline only to see the Golden Bears rally behind a 10-3 run to force a Florida Southern timeout at 11-6 on the scoreboard. The Moccasins ripped off six-straight points to bring the Golden Bears within five at 20-15, but Concordia-St. Paul regrouped to take the set, 25-17.
- The third set saw yet another back-and-forth affair that slightly favored the home side. The Mocs earned their largest lead of the match of five (15-10) before the Golden Bears rallied back to bring the score within one (20-19). However, the Moccasins rattled off a 5-2 run to earn the set and force a fourth set.
- A 13-13 stalemate in the fourth set was broken by the Golden Bears, who earned seven of the next eight points to pull ahead, 20-14. Southern battled back to within two (23-21) before Concordia-St. Paul closed out the match on two-straight kills.
- Buse Ene and Lena Bondar led the Mocs with ten kills each, while Tierra Porter tallied four blocks in addition to her six kills. Beatrice Formilan led the team with 20 digs and Annie Collins posted 36 assists. The Golden Bears outhit the Mocs .252 to .129 and tallied 51 kills to the Mocs' 40.
HOW IT HAPPENED AGAINST HILLSDALE
- The trend of close sets from the previous match continued into the first set between the Mocs and the Chargers. The teams flip-flopped the lead and were never separated by more than three points until Hillsdale went up, 24-20. The Moccasins inched closer with a kill from Collins but lost the set to Hillsdale, 25-21.
- The second set saw Hillsdale dash out in front, quickly tallying nine kills to lead 12-5 and force a Florida Southern timeout. The Chargers continued their dominance out of the break, going on a 10-6 run to pull ahead 22-12. Southern attempted to battle back and exchanged points with Hillsdale until the Chargers took the set 25-15 on a kill by Hannah Gates.
- The Mocs flipped the script in set three, tearing out to a 5-2 lead. Hillsdale battled back to tie the match as both teams flipped the lead to a 14-14 stalemate. Rachael Martin guided the Mocs into the lead with three kills (20-15), but the Chargers again rallied with five-straight points to tie the set at 20. Southern won the set 25-21 after capitalizing on two attack errors from Hillsdale and two kills from Bondar.
- Florida Southern continued in the fourth set right where it had left off, streaking to an 8-2 lead on three kills from Ene. The Chargers reenacted their third-set performance by winning 18 of the next 25 points to take the lead in the fourth set (20-15). The momentum favored the Chargers as they won the set, 25-20, and the match, 3-1.
- Ene again led the Mocs with 13 kills, while Martin was the only other Moccasin to hit double-digit kills with 12. Both sides put on a blocking clinic with the Chargers recording nine and the Moccasins tallying eleven. Porter had a strong defensive showing with eight blocks, while Ene tallied five blocks of her own in addition to 12 digs. Formilan led the Moccasins with 23 digs, followed by Erica Ronda with 14 digs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Mocs were unable to avenge their 2017 Championship match loss to the Golden Bears, falling to 0-7 all-time against Concordia-St. Paul.
- Porter continues to dominate at the net, recording 12 blocks in eight sets in the first two matches of the season. Last year she ranked fourth in the conference and 19th nationally in total blocks (135) and ranked sixth in the conference and 45th nationally in blocks per set (1.12)
- The Moccasins are hosting the Terrace Hotel Classic for the seventh-straight year and are still an overall 17-5 in those events.
- Ene recorded her sixth double-double as a Moccasin in the second match of the season against Hillsdale with 13 kills and 12 digs. She led the Mocs in both that match with 16.5 points as well as in the Concordia-St. Paul contest with 11.5 points.
- Florida Southern closes out the weekend with matchups against Indiana (Pa.) and No. 17 Central Missouri at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, respectively. Southern will then hit the road for three matches at the USC Aiken Invite against USC Aiken (Sept. 13), Lander (Sept. 14) and Lee (Sept. 14).