TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa Spartans traveled to Fort Lauderdale to take on Nova Southeastern University and defeated the Sharks in three sets.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Tampa 3, Nova 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-15)
Records: Tampa Spartans (18-13, 13-7 SSC), Nova Sharks (6-21, 4-16 SSC)
Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
Set 1 | Despite the Sharks opening the first set with a kill, the Spartans took charge over Nova maintaining the lead for the majority of the first set. The Sharks strung together a run, however, it would not be enough to close in on the Spartans lead. In the first set, three Spartans hit over .500, Alexandra Misca (.750), Taylor Fosler (.500), and Sorrel Houghton (.625). Molly McAlvany led the defense with six digs.
Set 2 | UT started the second set much like they finished the first, dominating. The Spartans jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Misca, Fosler, and Houghton maintained their hitting runs as they were still attacking above .500 while committing no errors. As a team, the Spartans hit .552 compared to the Sharks .200.
Set 3 | The Spartans momentum continued into the third set as they jumped out to an early lead once again. UT kept the Sharks at a distance until Nova went on a small run coming within three points of the Spartans. The Spartans retaliated with a run that would carry them to a victory score of 25-15.
INSIDE THE STATS:
• Misca hit a blistering, career high, .833 with 10 kills, zero errors, and 12 attempts.
• Fosler had the second best hitting percentage hitting .571.
• The Spartans outscored Nova 47-30 in kills.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
• Tampa continued their win streak, extending it to eight games now.
• Tampa leads the all-time series against the Sharks 31-1.
Tampa now awaits the NCAA DII selection show for the South Region. Live stats and a live video webcast will be provided through www.tampaspartans.com.
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