Panthers Down Lions 3-1 In Senior Night Aaction
Currin reaches milestone with 1,000th career kill in SSC volleyball action
MELBOURNE, Fla.—Tech grabs the victory with the help of the three honored seniors Natasha Bender (Columbus, Nebraska), Kelly Currin (Waynesville, Ohio)
and Jenny Hart (Clermont, Florida). Currin was able to notch her 1,000 career kill in the third game and help her team to grab the conference win against
Saint Leo (10-17, 4-8). The Florida Tech Panthers (9-20, 4-8) increased their conference record by one more which should place them tied for 5th with Saint
Tech took set one 30-27 and fell to the Lions in the second game 30-25 only to come back and win the final two sets 30-28 and 30-20. The match was a hard
battle for each team with 23 tied scores and eight lead changes for the night.
The Panthers were on the ball offensively hitting .252 for the night compared the Lions’ .208 attack percentage. Despite the loss, Saint Leo led at the net
with 15 team blocks to Tech’s 10 team blocks. Defensively the Panthers tallied 64 digs while Saint Leo only had 47 for the entire match.
Three Panthers notched double doubles for the evening. Leading the way for Tech was Hart who grabbed the game high 17 kills and added 11 digs and six
service aces. Hart also hit .382 for Tech. Bender chipped in eleven kills as well and set 22 assists for the evening. Currin who amassed her career 1,000th
kill finished the game with 13 kills and four block assists.
Sophomore setter and outside hitter Amanda Boyce (Madison, Wisconsin) hit a team high .412 attack percentage. She also added 33 assists and 15 digs. Junior
Megan Konopnicki (Plano, Texas) had 16 kills and nine digs while fellow junior Jenny McCoy (Titusville, FL) had 10 kills and four block assists. McCoy hit
.350 four the four game match.
Senior outside hitter Kristen Mondientz (Tollhouse, California) protected the net well for the Lions notching nine blocks including one solo block.
Mondientz also pitched in seven kills. Freshman outside hitter Audrey Starkenbaum (Sterling, Colorado) led all players hitting .500 for the match. She
tallied a team high 14 kills. Defensively, senior Nikki Prack (Hudson, Florida) had her team high 14 digs.
Each of Tech’s three seniors were honored tonight with flowers and balloons along with recognizing the four senior members of the Saint Leo Lions including
Prack, Mondientz, Thompson, Eva Thompson and Morgan Mander who also received flowers from the Panthers.