@FGCU_VB Breaks from Atlantic Sun Play to Take on Bethune-Cookman Tuesday
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After an eight-game homestand, the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s volleyball team will hit the road as they travel to Daytona Beach to face Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The first set at Moore Gymnasium is slated for 7 p.m.
The Eagles enter the nonconference tilt with a record of 4-10 and are currently riding a three-game win streak.
Junior Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City High School) has led the Eagle offense with 3.32 kills per set. Barnes ranks seventh among Atlantic Sun hitters with 381 kills on the season. Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers High School) and Christine Pinder (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz High School) have also aided the FGCU attack with 2.93 and 2.80 kills per set, respectively. Junior Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) currently ranks fourth in the conference with an average of 10.20 assists per set, while Atlantic Sun Preseason Libero of the Year Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani High School) paces the team with 3.89 digs per set.
LAST TIME OUT
The Green and Blue earned a convincing three-set victory over Mercer University on Saturday, Sept. 28 to improve to 4-10 on the year and 3-1 in Atlantic Sun action.
Barnes sparked the Eagles offensively with 15 kills through three sets. The junior held a season-high attack percentage of .452 with just one error on the night. Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River High School) and Holm each added 11 kills for FGCU, while Meyer added 39 assists to the strong offensive effort.
Defensively, Masters senior and Pinder each recorded 15 digs on the night to lead the team. Karina Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast High School) added nine digs for FGCU, while also recording three blocks and three service aces.
Under second-year head coach Isaac Raphael, the Wildcats are 2-15 on the season with two wins against MEAC foe Savannah State. A win on Sunday snapped an 11-game losing streak that included three 3-0 losses to Atlantic Sun rival Stetson.
Jennifer Jimenez leads the Wildcats as the team’s only senior. Jimenez is Bethune-Cookman’s all-time leader in digs and has produced 2.34 digs per set this season. Delicia Pierre leads the offense with 3.17 kills per set. Pierre registered a season-high 20 kills in a three-set loss to Norfolk State and has produced 171 kills on the year. Alexas Thomas has added to the offensive effort with 8.04 assists per set in 54 sets this season.
The Eagles are 4-0 in the all-time series against Bethune-Cookman. FGCU has earned four wins and has dropped just two sets in four meetings dating back to 2007. Most recently, the Green and Blue defeated Bethune-Cookman twice during the 2012 season. The team earned a 3-0 win against the Wildcats at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in September and defeated B-CU 3-1 at Alico Arena last October.
ON THE HORIZON
Following the nonconference matchup, the Eagles will take on first-place Stetson in Atlantic Sun play on Friday, Oct. 4. The Hatters currently stand at 4-0 in A-Sun action with a 13-5 record overall. The match in DeLand, Fla. is scheduled for 6 p.m.
2013-14 volleyball season tickets are available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. Season tickets are $35 for adults and $17 for youth (ages 3-12). Single-game tickets can also be purchased for $6 per adult and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can receive a discounted rate of $3 per person. FGCU students and faculty/staff are admitted for free with a valid University ID.
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