Florida Southern volleyball beats Gannon, will play for NCAA title tonight – The Ledger
Florida Southern had dug itself out of big holes before. And they did it again on Friday.
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Florida Southern had dug itself out of big holes before.
Throughout their run to the NCAA volleyball semifinals, the Mocs have found a way to make a late rally when they needed one. They had a knack for getting the big points. It’s the reason they entered Friday’s semifinal against seventh-seeded Gannon (Pa.) with 22-straight wins.
The third-seeded Mocs did it again.
After falling behind 6-3 in the fifth set, the Mocs roared back to take the deciding set 15-13 on a no-doubt kill from senior Sydney Marshall. Florida Southern will play for the NCAA Division II title at 6 p.m. tonight in Pensacola.
“This team is just relentless, that’s the perfect word for it,” said Florida Southern head coach Jill Stephens. “They continue to battle through tough times, especially when they make an error — they are really good about bouncing back.”
The Mocs, who have now won 23-straight matches, will face either defending champion Concordia St. Paul (Minn.) or Rockhurst (Mo.) in the final at UWF Field House.
Concordia swept Southern back on Sept. 1.
It was the play of Marshall — one of the Mocs’ four seniors — that paved the way to the program’s first NCAA title match on Friday. Marshall finished with 17 kills and just three errors, consistently coming up with big kills throughout the match.
“She carried us,” Stephens said. “She came up with every big play. She brings such intensity to the game, but she was just really offensive and saw the block really well and just put balls away when we needed her to.”
Southern had a chance to take the match in the fourth, but Gannon found a way to rally late