Barry University’s volleyball team gave defending NCAA Division II champion Tampa a good test in the opening set before falling in three on the road Thursday night.
The Buccaneers lost 25-20, 25-11, 25-15, snapping a three-match win streak at the hands of the second-ranked team in the country.
Barry (5-4, 3-2 Sunshine State Conference) found itself in a 10-4 deficit in the first set, but closed to within three, 16-13 on a Tampa mistake — Allee Stelogeannis’ setting error.
After the Spartans (10-3, 4-0) bumped their lead back to five, the Buccaneers used kills by Ivana Didanovic and Kaitlin Drake to pull within, 20-17. Drake added another put-away to cut it to 22-20, but Tampa secured the final three points to pull out the opening and most-contested set.
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The Bucs hit .189 in the opening set, converting 56 percent of their side-out percentages.
Barry had 10 of its 23 kills in the opening set. The Spartans used 17 kills to account for all but eight of their points in the set, hitting .277.
Barry managed 13 kills in the ensuing two sets, and committed 12 attack errors to finish with an .083 hitting percentage. Tampa hit .327, including .429 in the final set.
Drake had nine kills, and Eva Raat had eight. Katie Dooley had a solo block in the third set that pulled Barry within a point, 14-13, bu the Spartans went on a 6-1 run to put the match out of reach.
▪ Lynn 3, Nova 1: The Sharks (5-3-0, 1-2-0 Sunshine State Conference) fell to defending NCAA champions Lynn (5-3-0, 1-2) late Wednesday in Boca Raton. NSU scored in the second minute when freshman Jacob Sumaljag netted the first goal of his career.
▪ Nova 4, Lynn 2: The Sharks (7-2-0, 2-1 SSC) ran their win streak to four with a win over conference rival Lynn (2-6-1, 1-2) behind a hat trick from Sierra Lelii late Wednesday.