MELBOURNE, Fla.-The Florida Tech Panthers (7-18) could not revive after playing tournament action earlier today in Winter Park at the Rollins College South
Region Classic falling 3-0 to the Armstrong Atlantic State Pirates (16-8) at the BCC Gym tonight. The Pirates easily took all three sets 30-21, 30-20 and
30-17 for their first Florida tour victory. Armstrong Atlantic traveled from Savannah to first fall to #25 Barry only to come back and defeat the Panthers
tonight. They will face #5 Tampa next to finish off their southern trip.
Leading the way for the Pirates was junior middle hitter Traci Knuth (Columbus, Neb.) hitting the game high .480 while chipping in 13 kills. Knuth added
four digs and six blocks. Junior outside hitter Christina Flores (Addison, Ill.) also hit in the double figures with 10 kills and added nine digs.
Defensively, sophomore opposite hitter Rindy Vidovich (San Pedro, Cal.) led the way for Armstrong Atlantic with 12 digs and pitched in seven kills. Like
Knuth, junior middle Leah Schmiedge (Regina, Saskatchewan) dominated at the net with six blocks and also tallied seven kills.
Despite leading in digs 50-45 the Panthers were unable to put up a block with the Pirates putting up an incredible 12 blocks (24 block assists) to Tech’s
1.0 for the match.
Sophomore setter Amanda Boyce (Madison, Wis.), who earlier set a school record achieving her first triple double, Tech’s first in over 10 years, stepped up
again for her team. Boyce led the way for the Panthers again with eight kills, 19 assists and two service aces and tallying nine digs. Senior
Libero/outside hitter Jenny Hart (Clermont, Fla.) led in defense with 13 digs for the match.
The Panthers will host SSC opponent Eckerd College on Saturday, October 22nd at the Clemente Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.