Panthers Volleyball Storms Back To Shock Lynn, 3-2

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The Panthers pulled out a big win Wednesday night in front of their home crowd at the Clemente Center. (Florida Tech image)

The Panthers pulled out a big win Wednesday night in front of their home crowd at the Clemente Center. (Florida Tech image)

VOLLEYBALL – Florida Tech fought long and hard for exactly what it needed Wednesday night against Lynn, a win.

Ashtin Truesdale

Ashtin Truesdale

The Panthers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to emerge victorious by set scores of 18-25, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24 and 15-13 at the Clemente Center.

Several Panthers stepped up in the final three sets. Marilyn Dick had nine of her team-high 14 kills in the third and fourth stanzas. Ashtin Truesdale combined for 29 assists in the Panthers’ three set wins. Cheyanne Kauffmanhad 13 digs, seven came in the fifth set.

However, the one Panther that might have been the game changer was Alea Hamm. She hammered down three kills along with Kim Jurigaand added two block assists with Milli Tapuskovic in the fifth set. With each point Florida Tech earned on a kill from Hamm, the Panthers seemed to show just a little more emotion. She and Tapuskovic stuffed a Fighting Knight attack to seal the come from behind win.

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Florida Tech improves to 6-9 overall and 1-6 in the Sunshine State Conference with the victory. Lynn, meanwhile, falls to 6-8 on the season and 2-5 in SSC play.

The Panthers will now travel to St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday for a SSC match against Eckerd at 7 p.m.  Following Friday’s match against the Tritons, Florida Tech will play on Saturday at Webber International at 1 p.m. and Warner at 4 p.m.

Florida Tech Set to Compete at the GC Men’s Fall Championships

MENS TENNIS – Florida Tech men’s tennis returns to action this weekend at the GC Men’s Fall Championships, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10-12.

Beau Fieldsend, above, and his Panther teammates travel to the Peach State to compete in the GC Men's Fall Championships. (Florida Tech image)

Beau Fieldsend, above, and his Panther teammates travel to the Peach State to compete in the GC Men’s Fall Championships. (Florida Tech image)

The Panthers will be competing against student-athletes from host Georgia College as well as Georgia Regents-Augusta.

Friday’s action will commence at 11 a.m. ET with the first group of singles play. Two additional groups of singles matches will follow at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Doubles action is set to kickoff at 3 p.m., with the second group of doubles scheduled for 4:30 p.m. All times are subject to change.

Panthers Defeat No. 21 Tampa 1-0

MENS SOCCER – The Florida Tech Panthers continued Sunshine State Conference play Wednesday night, as they faced No. 21 Tampa at Pepin Stadium. A lone goal in the first half was all the Panthers needed to earn the 1-0 victory over the Spartans.

Freshman Josh Thomas, above, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Panthers against No. 21 Tampa. (Florida Tech image)

Freshman Josh Thomas, above, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Panthers against No. 21 Tampa. (Florida Tech image)

The game was scoreless for the first 30 minutes of the opening half, but the Panthers (6-3-1, 3-1 SSC) changed that in the 31st minute. FreshmanJosh Thomas scored his third goal of the season to give the Panthers the 1-0 lead. Graduate student Trey Collins assisted on the goal.

Tampa (6-4-1, 0-3 SSC) had chances to equalize the game in the second half, but could not score a game-tying goal. The Spartans took 12 shots in the second half, and 14 for the game. The Panthers took 12 shots in the first half, and also ended the game with 14.

Junior keeper Mitch Thorn made three saves for the Panthers. Zak Downes, the reigning SSC Defensive Player of the Week, made two saves for Tampa.

The Panthers will travel to face Eckerd on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Florida. It will be the final road game of the regular season for the Panthers, and will begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Panther women will face the Tritons prior to the men at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live stats and video will be available for both games courtesy of Eckerd at FloridaTechSports.com.


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