Despite Set One Score of 35-33, Tech Falls To UPR-RIO Piedras

Currin Receives SSC Player of the Week honors at Match

MELBOURNE, Fla.-The Florida Tech Panthers (6-15) started strong only to fall 3-0 to the Jerzanas of Puerto Rico -Rio Piedras (10-5) in the Columbus Day
volleyball match. Game one was a disappointing loss for the Panthers. After six lead changes, Tech fell 35-33. Sets two and three were also won by the
Jerzanas 30-20 and 21-30.

Two Jerzanas tallied double doubles for the evening event. Leading the way was outside hitter Maridelie Diaz with a game high 14 kills, hitting a .222 and
pitching in 11 digs and three service aces. Setter Mariangelis Sanchez added 37 assists and 11 digs. Defensively, the libero Martha Quiles added 17 digs.

Tech was led by three Panthers who each notched nine kills for the match; junior outside hitter Megan Konopnicki (Plano, Texas), senior middle hitter Kelly
Currin (Waynesville, Ohio) and junior middle hitter Jenny McCoy (Titusville, Florida). Currin had the game high with four blocks while McCoy garnished her
team high .235 attack percentage. Sophomore setter Amanda Boyce (Madison, Wisconsin) added 17 assists and career high 3 block assists. Fellow setter senior
Natasha Bender (Columbus, Nebraska) tallied Tech’s only double double putting up 15 assists and 10 digs. Senior libero Jenny Hart dug the game high 18 for
the all three games.

Despite the loss, Currin was honored as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week for her help in the two wins last week against SSC opponent’s Lynn
and Nova Southeastern. This is the first time since 2002 the Panthers have been honored with a volleyball Player of the Week, the last honor went to former
stand-out Alys Thomas.

Currin lifted the Panthers to the team’s first two conference wins of the season as Florida Tech snapped a 12-match losing streak. She logged 13 kills and
a .435 attack percentage in a 3-1 win over Nova Southeastern and added 19 kills and a .333 attack percentage in a 3-2 win over Lynn. In two wins, Currin
averaged 3.6 kills per game and a .369 hitting percentage.

Tech will be back in action this weekend playing the Rollins College Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Panthers will also host Armstrong Atlantic on
Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Brevard Community College.

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