State Colleges

Barry’s Didanovic named national player of the week

Barry University volleyball player Ivana Didanovic was selected as the American Volleyball Scouting Report National Player of the Week.

Didanovic, a 6-3 sophomore middle blocker from Belgrade, Serbia, hit .543 with 20 kills as the Buccaneers won two road matches to open the second half of the Sunshine State Conference season. Didanovic hit a season-high .632 with 12 kills and no errors in a sweep at Rollins. She also had three blocks in the win over the Tars.

A day later, Didanovic had eight kills and one error, while putting together a .438 attack rate as the Bucs beat Eckerd to improve to 15-8 overall, 5-5 in the SSC. She also had 11 digs and three setting assists in the two wins.

Didanovic is hitting a team-high .307 this year, and leads the Buccaneers with 77 blocks, which ranks second in the SSC.

She is the second Bucs player to receive the award. Laine Cielena was named the AVSR Player of the Week in 2012.

Barry hosts Florida Tech at 7 p.m. Friday and Lynn at 4 p.m. Saturday in the first of two remaining homestands on the schedule.

Men’s Golf

The Nova Southeastern University men’s golf team was in second place after the first round of the McDonough Cup in Orlando.

The Sharks shot a 4-under-par 284 at Rio Pinar Country Club and at that point led Lynn by three strokes. The Fighting Knights carded a 279 in the second round, while NSU was 1-under at 287. The two teams flip-flopped, with the Sharks trailing by just five shots (566-571) heading into Tuesday's final round.

Nova’s Santiago Gomez shot a 139 to tie for second place in individual competition. Ethan Marcus finished with an even-par 144, tying him for ninth.

Men’s soccer

▪ Eckerd 3, Barry 1: The Buccaneers (6-8-1, 2-6-0 Sunshine State Conference) finally scored their own goal in the 80th minute when Connor Randel fed Patrick Drmola for a score in St. Petersburg.

The Tritons (4-10-1, 2-5-1) scored twice in a little over two minutes in the first half. Tyler Allen connected in the 17th minute, while Nick Murawski scored in the 19th. Eckerd added another goal just after halftime as Murawski assisted Richard Ainscough in the 53rd minute.

Jimmy McGregor had six saves for the Bucs, while Alex Gott made seven for Eckerd and was helped out when Ainscough cleared a ball off the line in the first half.

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