Florida Tech Downs Nova Southeastern In Straight Sets

By  //  October 7, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Florida Tech (12-2, 3-1 SSC) avoided a strong Nova Southeastern (3-9, 0-4 SSC) effort and defeated the Sharks, 26-24, 25-19, 25-17, in a close match on Saturday afternoon at the Clemente Center.

The Panthers are 4-0 at the Clemente Center this season. Photo by Efram Goldberg/Florida Tech Crimson. (Florida Tech)
The Panthers are 4-0 at the Clemente Center this season. Photo by Efram Goldberg/Florida Tech Crimson. (Florida Tech)

Ashtin Truesdale propelled the Panthers to their third consecutive Sunshine State Conference victory after registering her second straight double-double with 34 assists and 10 digs.

The FIT newcomer added two assisted blocks and two service aces and her 34 assists were a game-high. Charlie French and Kim Juriga finished with 14 kills and 12 kills, respectively, and combined for four assisted blocks in the three-set win.Juriga hit a game and season-high .500 with only one error in 22 attempts.

“We started off really slow but we came back and won the first set against a team that always brings their A game against us,” said Juriga. “We were able to settle down and defeat a great conference opponent.”

Kaitlin Brennan recorded seven kills and two assisted blocks while hitting .462 and Alea Hamm added four kills and three total blocks (one solo and two assisted). Ezgi Avci and Angie Lassman led all Panthers with 11 digs apiece.


Holding NSU to a .132 hitting percentage and finishing with 7.0 team blocks, FIT continued its sensational start against SSC opponents, winning nine of its last 10 sets.

Amy O’Brien
Amy O’Brien

“This was a great win for us,” said head coach Amy O’Brien.

“We showed great determination to come back in the first set and to defeat a quality team in Nova Southeastern.”

The Panthers finished with a bang, hitting .400 in the third set, improving to 7-1 on the year in three-set contests.

Sydney Cook led all NSU players with 11 kills and Dana Holger added 10 kills while Destiny Bannister finished with a team best 30 assists.

Florida Tech hits the road for SSC contests at Florida Southern on Oct. 11 and Saint Leo on Oct. 12.