Panthers Win First Conference Game of The Season

MELBOURNE, Fla.-The Florida Tech Panthers (5-14, 1-6) defeat the Nova Southeastern Knights (3-13, 0-8) 3-1 in Sunshine State Conference women’s volleyball
action tonight at the Clemente Center. Tech took set one 30-22 only to fall in the second set 24-30. The Panthers regained control in the final two games
overcoming the Knights 30-22 and 30-22 to notch their first conference victory.

Two Panthers tallied double doubles for the evening; senior outside hitter Jenny Hart (Clermont, FL) sported the game high in kills with 18 and digs with
15 along with sophomore setter Amanda Boyce (Madison, WI) who set the game high 33 assists and pitched in 14 digs for the Panthers.

Four Knights had double figures in kills for the match. Leading the way, senior middle blocker Dana Buss (Beatrice, NE) with her team high 15 kills. Junior
middle blocker Karla Ortiz (Miami, FL) led the Knights in attack percentage hitting .409 and putting up the game high seven blocks for NSU. Freshman
outside hitter Christina Chubb (Oakland Park, FL) added 10 kills and five blocks. Hitting .348 and chipping in 12 kills for the contest was freshman right
side hitter Andrea Irarrazabal (Pembroke Pines, FL).

Tech’s senior middle blocker Kelly Currin (Waynesville, OH) also put a great performance for the evening with 13 kills and three blocks. Currin notched a
.435 attack percentage, which was her best numbers thus far this season. Also hitting in the double digits was fellow middle blocker sophomore Lindsay
Foster (Titusville, FL). Foster led all Panthers with a game high .476 hitting percentage. This was Foster’s best career attack percentage. Junior Libero,
Megan Konopnicki (Plano, TX) registered 11 digs and the game high 23 serve receptions, thus allowing her to notch her 500th career dig.

The Panthers out dug the Knights 64 to 47, but Nova Southeastern led at the net with 18 block assists and one block solo to Tech’s eight block assists and
two block solos. The Panthers also double NSU in service aces 14 to seven.

The Panthers will be back in action tomorrow hosting Lynn University in another SSC match at 4:00 p.m. in the Clemente Center.

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