Florida Tech Volleyball Dominates Pace Setters Classic

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Tapuskovic Named SSC Offensive Player of the Week


ABOVE: After leading Florida Tech (7-1) to a perfect 4-0 mark at the Pace Setters Classic, junior setter Milica Tapuskovicwas named Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Tapuskovic led all players with 113 assists and averaged 8.69 assists per set in the two-day tournament. The Bar, Montenegro native recorded two double-doubles with 31 assists and 10 digs in a 3-1 victory over American International on Friday and 23 assists and 10 digs in a straight set win over host Pace University on Saturday. She added five service aces against American International and finished with seven total.

Florida Tech Continued To Stifle Opponents

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – After dominating day one of the Pace Setters Classic, Florida Tech (7-1) continued to stifle its opponents as the Panthers defeated Caldwell College (4-5) and Pace University (2-6) in straight sets to finish the two-day tournament as the only undefeated team (4-0).

Kim Juriga earned all-tournament honors as FIT goes 4-0 in tournament. (Florida Tech image)

Angie Lassman led all players in game one with 18 digs and three service aces while Kim Juriga finished with 11 kills and three assisted blocks.

In game two, Lassman registered six assists and seven digs and Juriga added a game-high 13 kills to go with her three assisted blocks. For their efforts, the duo earned all-tournament honors.

FIT began Sunday afternoon with a 25-18, 25-19 and 26-24 straight set victory over Caldwell and followed with a 25-19, 25-11 and 25-17 win over Pace to clinch a 4-0 mark in the classic and a seven-game win streak.

“We played really well this weekend,” said head coach Amy O’Brien. “We were serve aggressive and had a lot of energy. Overall, we were dominate and we are excited about what’s to come.” (Florida Tech image)

“We played really well this weekend,” said head coach Amy O’Brien. “We were serve aggressive and had a lot of energy. Overall, we were dominate and we are excited about what’s to come.”

Juriga and the Panthers are excited about beginning their 2013 home slate.

“We started off slow but found our grove later in the set,” said Juriga, referring to FIT’s opening match on Friday afternoon. “We cannot wait to play in front of our home crowd.”

Milica Tapuskovic recorded 34 assists in game one and finished with her second double-double in as many nights with 23 assists and 10 digs in game two. Kaitlin Brennan recorded a .391 attack percentage in game one with 11 kills, three service aces and five blocks (one solo and four assisted). Marilyn Dick added nine kills against Caldwell and nine against the Setters.

The Panthers host Webber International on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Clemente Center for Florida Tech’s first home game of the season. Live stats will be available for Wednesday’s contest.

To view the Game One Box Score visit FloridaTechSports.com

To view the Game Two Box Score visit FloridaTechSports.com