The volleyball team added to their 13-game winning streak on Saturday defeating Rollins 3-1.

The night before, the Mocs took down number-six ranked Palm Beach Atlantic 3-0, dropping the Sailfish in the national rankings and to second in the South Region behind the Mocs.

With the two wins, the team moved into first place in the Sunshine State Conference with a 14-1 conference record and a 20-6 overall record. This pushed the Mocs into the top 25 rankings, sitting at number 24 for the upcoming week.

This marks the longest winning streak for the Mocs since 2005, who finished October undefeated and are on pace to finish November unbeaten as well.

This comes as no easy task as the Mocs’ schedule is ranked as the toughest in the nation, according to NCAA’s power schedule rankings.

Senior Anna Tovo was named the AVCA/Sports Imports Division II National Player of the Week where she averaged 4.10 kills and 2.90 digs for the week.

Tovo also earned SSC Offensive Player of the Week while teammate Bethany Bescancenez earned Setter of the Week for her third time this year.

“The team isn’t focused on the winning streak, we’re keeping a really light mood in the locker room and just having fun,” junior Amanda Park said. (Watch more of the Mocs’ right-side hitters’ interview above.)

Early match-ups against number one ranked Concordia-St. Paul, number 12 Western Washington and number six Angelo State set the Mocs up for a strong run late in the season.

The Mocs win against Palm Beach Atlantic set their precedent for the conference as the Sailfish blanked the team 3-0 in September. The ladies are looking to avenge their second round exit in last year’s tournament at the hands of Palm Beach Atlantic.

“We need to stay focused on winning each game, not oh we’re playing this to host Regionals or trying to win out. We’re just focused on our next game,” Park said.

Junior Nicole Mattson currently leads the team in kills with 390 while junior Gabby Fresh leads the team in digs with 380. Look for these two players to lead the Mocs down the final stretch of their schedule and into the regional tournament starting in late November.

The Mocs round out their schedule with five conference games and their last home game on Nov. 14 against Saint Leo in Jenkins Field House. Come out to support the Mocs and send them off to the regional tournament!

Read more on the Division II national rankings here and stay up to date on the latest in Moccasin sports news!


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