(Boca Raton, Fla. November 5, 2007) - The Lions’ traveled to south Florida Monday evening to face conference opponent Lynn University. The Knights (20-10, 6-8) handed the Lions (24-11, 6-8) their third straight conference loss in straight sets (32-30, 30-23, 30-25).
The Lions couldn’t get momentum going right from the beginning of the match as the Lions were down early and often in game one. The Lions rallied late in the match to tie things up at 30 but would find Camila Lins and the Knights too much to come back from. The Lions would lose game number one 32-30. The offensive star for the Lions in game number one was Chelsea Armer (San Jose, Calif.) who had seven kills and six digs.
In game number two the Lions would experience much of the same as the Knights to an early lead in the match which they wouldn’t relinquish. The Lions hit .237 in game number two compared to the Knights .385. Camila Lins once again lead the way for the Knights on offense as she had eight kills and four digs.
The Lions rode the shoulders of Armer in game number two as she hit .312, posted three digs and had seven kills. The Lions would try to muster a late comeback but it was not enough and the Lions fell 30-23.
The last game saw a more energetic Lions team enter the floor and for the first time all night picked up the first point of the game. The Lions took to an early lead but would have trouble holding off a feisty Knights team who hit .378 in the game. Saint Leo freshman Kaitlin McKenna (Farmington Hills, Mich.) would pick up the majority of the offensive slack as she had five kills on six attempts to hit .667 for the game. Emily Frey (Mason, Ohio) would also add in three kills and two digs in the Lions effort. Still in the end the effort wasn’t enough as Lynn capitalized on many Lions errors to secure game three 30-25.
The Lions were out hit in each game of the match and were out blocked as a team as well, eight to three. The Lions dropped two games below .500 in the conference and post-season chances may hinge on their final two matches of the season.
The Lions travel down to south Florida once again to take on Nova Southeastern and Barry University on Friday and Saturday in the final regular season matches of the 2007 season. Friday's match at NSU will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Saturday's match at Barry slated for 4:00 p.m.