FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks continued their dominant run to open the 2021 season, earning two sweep victories in the NSU Volleyball Shark Invitational II presented by Courtyard Marriot. NSU defeated Dominican (NY.) to begin the day, before capping off the evening with a thrilling three-set victory over Auburn-Montgomery.
The Sharks have won 11 consecutive matches dating back to 2019.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
- Scores: Nova Southeastern 3, Dominican 0; Nova Southeastern 3, Auburn-Montgomery 0.
- Records: Nova Southeastern 5-0; Dominican 2-3; Auburn-Montgomery 4-2
- Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED VS. DOMINICAN
- The Sharks opened the match-up with a 6-3 lead over the Chargers, as Emily Sippel opened the game with three consecutive kills.
- NSU also rallied for seven unanswered points, taking a 14-5 advantage over DC.
- Nyah Pacely recorded four service aces during the run for Nova Southeastern.
- Brittany Landrum, Sippel, and Jovana Bulatovic tallied three straight kills, putting NSU ahead 20-10.
- The Sharks took the first set victory, 25-14.
- Trailing 12-8, NSU scored nine consecutive points, as Camby Pope, Amanda Hall, and Jordan Chessar all tallied kills to take a 17-12 lead.
- Nova Southeastern closed the second set with a 25-15 victory, with Landrum sealing the set win.
- Early in the third set the Sharks trailed 8-6 before Kate Mihacevich, Landrum, and Pacely all recorded kills to give NSU the lead.
- Nova Southeastern won 7-of-8 points in the middle of the third set, taking an 18-11 advantage over the Chargers.
- Mihacevich added another kill and service ace as the Sharks took the match in a sweep.
HOW IT HAPPENED VS. AUBURN-MONTGOMERY
- Trailing in the first set, Julia Bernardes sparked a 5-0 run for the Sharks, as Marianna Fiocco added a kill, while Preslee Brooksbank capped the run with a service ace.
- AUM battled back to bring the set within one, 15-14, when Nova Southeastern recorded seven consecutive points to take a 22-14 lead in the first set.
- NSU continued to rally in the second set, recording a 5-0 with Alex Psoma tallying two kills as the Sharks took a 9-6.
- The middle of the second set was back-and-forth, before Bernardes sparked a brief 3-0 run as NSU took a 21-19 lead.
- The Warhawks moved to within one point of the set win before Elizabeth Price carried the Sharks to victory. Price closed the second set with the final two kills, as the Sharks claimed the victory 26-24.
- NSU maintained the momentum into the third set, taking off to a quick 5-1 lead.
- Nova Southeastern dominated the third and final set, claiming the 11th consecutive win, with a 25-13 three-set win over Auburn-Montgomery.
STATS OF THE NIGHT
“Tonight’s win was a good win against a strong in-region team. In 2019, we lost a very similar match at this tournament, so I love that we were able to scrap out a difficult win,” said Head Coach Brian Rosen. “We faced set point in the second set and swung our way to a win and then rode the momentum in the third set to finish the match. Auburn-Montgomery is a really strong team who will do a lot of damage this season. We will look back on this as very good win for our season.”
The Sharks conclude the Shark Invitational II on Saturday from the Rick Case Arena, taking on Millersville at 12:30 p.m. and Barton at 6:00 p.m.