(18-13 (9-7 ASun))
Florida Gulf Coast
(12-17 (8-8 ASun))
11/9/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 396
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – To conclude its home slate, the FGCU women’s volleyball team will host Stetson University on Saturday, Nov. 9. The match at Alico Arena is slated for 2 p.m. and will be preceded by a senior day ceremony to honor Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers High School), Karina Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast High School), , Ashley Noble (Wall, N.J./Wall High School) and Christine Pinder (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz High School).
The Green and Blue enter the final home game of the season with a record of 12-16 and an Atlantic Sun mark of 8-7. The team has struggled to produce strong results recently and is 1-4 in its last five games.
Junior outside hitter Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City High School) currently leads the Eagle offense with 3.23 kills per set, while Holm has contributed 2.98 kills per set during her senior season.
Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River High School) and Pinder add to the attack with 2.84 and 2.56 kills per set, respectively, while junior Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) facilitates the attack and ranks third in the A-Sun with 10.53 assists per set.
Defensively, Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani High School) paces the Green and Blue with a team-high 415 digs on the season, while Mambuca leads all players with 82 blocks through 28 games.
LAST TIME OUT
In a rare midweek Atlantic Sun contest, FGCU fell 3-1 at Jacksonville’s Swisher Gym on Tuesday night. The Eagles fell behind early with losses in the first two sets defeating the Dolphins in set three. The home team rallied for a 25-22 win in the final set to secure the win and hand the Eagles their fourth loss in five games.
The Hatters of Stetson University currently hold fourth place among the Atlantic Sun’s 10 teams. The Hatters maintain a record of 17-12 on the season with an 8-6 mark in league play. Like the Eagles, the team has yet to clinch a position in the A-Sun Tournament.
Senior Kaley Melville ranks seventh among A-Sun competitors and leads the Hatters’ attack with 3.41 kills per set. Rookie Tiffany Creamer adds to the offense with 2.87 kills per set, while sophomore Kayla Weller has facilitated the duo with 9.97 assists per stanza. Sophomore Michelle Kastner has paced the Hatter defense with 3.64 digs per set.
As a unit, the Hatters have maintained a .215 attack percentage through 30 games, while holding opponents to .187.
The Eagles hold the advantage in the all-time series against the Hatters with 10 wins and just one loss since 2007. FGCU has defeated Stetson five times while on the road in DeLand, Fla. and currently holds a four-game overall win streak against the A-Sun foe, including a 3-0 win earlier this season. The lone blemish in the all-time record is a 3-2 loss at Stetson in 2011.
ON THE HORIZON
Following their final contest at Alico Arena, the Eagles will travel to Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb to conclude the A-Sun regular season. The Conference Tournament is slated to begin Thursday, Nov. 21 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Kennesaw, Ga.
2013-14 volleyball tickets are available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. Single-game tickets can 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.