Straight-set volleyball cruises win in Stetson
DELAND, Florida – An effective offensive attack paved the way for the FGCU volleyball team to claim a straight-set victory (25-11, 25-19, 25-20) at Stetson on Saturday night. The Eagles improve to 16-4 overall and 8-0 in the ASUN game, while the Hatters fall to 9-11 overall and 4-4 in the league.
âWe had a very good start to the game with our forwards doing a good job making good decisions against a very strong defensive team. I liked our effort and execution on the blocker side and thought that the service complimented the front line very well, âhe added. says the head coach Matt botsford. “The attack was very effective tonight and Chelsey [Lockey] plays a big part in that, but I was very impressed with its impact on our defense on the ground. Juliana and Erin were exceptional offensively and I love the way they move the ball – attacking different areas of the pitch. “
This efficiency for the Eagles was marked by just six attacking errors on the night while racking up 42 kills on an attack percentage of .353. Stetson was limited to an attacking percentage of 0.102 with 33 kills and 22 errors.
Erin shomaker led all players with 16 kills while posting almost a double-double with nine digs. She also added two aces. Juliana Lentz had nine killed, while Cortney Van Liew had six wins.
Lockey had a double-double with 28 assists and 12 digs. Dana axner led the Eagles with 14 digs.
Stetson was led by Anabelle Standish who had nine kills and four digs and Kennedy Muldrow who registered eight kills. Nyah Molina paced the Hatters’ offense with 24 assists, while adding 14 digs on the defensive end.
The effective offense was demonstrated early on as the FGCU hit 0.531 in the first set with 18 kills and just one error. They reached 0.303 in the second set which saw a two-point game open late thanks to a pair of wins from Shomaker and Lentz giving the Eagles a 22-17 lead in a three-point run. The FGCU trailed 10-8 in the third set, but a seven-point run gave the Eagles definitive control of the game.
FGCU will stay on the road next weekend with an ASUN Crossover Weekend in Jacksonville. The Eagles face North Alabama on Friday, October 22, before playing Central Arkansas on Saturday and Jacksonville State on Sunday. All games will be played at the Swisher Gymnasium in Jacksonville.
Most career killings
|1.||1,546||Cortney Van Liew (.227)||2017-present|
|2.||1,483||Amanda Carroll (.259)||2015-19|
|3.||1,173||Brooke Youngquist Sweatshirt (.245)||2004-07|
|4.||1,132||Olivia Mesner (.331)||2011-14|
|5.||961||Jessica Barnes (.194)||2010-14|
Most quarry excavations
|1.||1,965||Whitney Hendry (390 sets)||2004-07|
|2.||1778||Dana axner (348 sets)||2018-present|
|3.||1,687||Whitney Masters (483 sets)||2011-14|
|4.||1,652||Holly Youngquist (418 sets)||2008-11|
|5.||1,369||Brook Youngquist sweatshirt (346 sets)||2004-07|
Most career aids
|1.||4,540||Maggie Rick (467 sets)||2015-18|
|2.||4,408||Gigi Myer (474 ââsets)||2011-14|
|3.||3 108||Chandra Lefever (309 sets)||2006-09|
|4.||3,015||Chelsey lockey (341 sets)||2018-present|
|5.||1,809||Laura Monovil (186 sets)||2004-05|
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Matt Botsford is in his eighth season as head coach of the FGCU Women’s Volleyball Program in 2021 after being hired on February 10, 2014. During his tenure, Botsford-led teams compiled an overall record of 172-56 (.755), including an 88-19 (.821) record in ASUN play. Including last year’s unprecedented spring season, he took the program to heights it had never seen in the Division I era (2007-present) – recording at least 20 wins in total in five of the past six seasons and at least 10 conference wins play each season. In 2018, he led the program to his first regular season championship since 2012 (fourth overall) and his first-ever ASUN tournament title, NCAA tournament appearance, NCAA tournament victory and his victory over a classified team. Its first two campaigns resulted in ASUN regular season finalists, and the next two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship and now the team have won three straight regular season titles, including one title. division and a second place ASUN tournament in the spring 2021 season. On September 10, 2016, Botsford led his team to a five-set victory over Indiana at Alico Arena, which marked the program’s first-ever victory against a team at a Power-5 conference. In 2018, he led the team to a victory over Miami, Fla – the first-ever road victory in the Power 5 program, and the Eagles followed with a straight-set victory over the Hurricanes at a neutral venue in 2019.
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