FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast sand volleyball team defeated FAU (0-5), 3-2, in the 2012 home finale on Wednesday at Estero Community Park.
The Eagles (3-3) have now won back-to-back-to-back matches for the first time in program history. FGCU defeated Stetson, 4-1, at the Seminole Sand Battle held at Florida State’s Seminole Sand Volleyball Complex (Mar. 24) and knocked off the Hatters, 3-2, in their home opener at Estero Community Park (Mar. 30).
Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) and Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) fell to Joanne Marras Tate and Alessia Pizzocheri (21-14, 21-14) in a battle of No. 1 squads.
Karina Mambuca (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) and Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River HS) who played in the No. 2 spot, picked up a two-set victory (21-17, 21-19) over FAU’s Darija Sataric and Grace Vega. The No. 3 pairing of Brooke Kohler (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter HS/Clemson) and Brittany Muse (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS) gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead in the match after defeating Isabelle Arboleda and Sara Stoll in straight-sets (21-14, 21-14).
FGCU’s No. 4 squad, Jill Hopper (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown HS) and Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani HS), fell to Lauren Jones and Chandler Hatton in a hard-fought game (15-21, 21-16, 15-13) that tied the match at 2-2. Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) and Lindsey Childs (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation HS) gave the Green and Blue their third consecutive win after defeating Thacilli Pereira and Cintia Nightingale in straight-sets (21-16, 21-19).
The Eagles will return to the sand on Friday, April 13 when they face Tulane in Siesta Key, Fla. The match is set to begin at 12 p.m.
FGCU 3, FAU 2
No. 1: Joanne Marras Tate/Alessia Pizzocheri (FAU) def. Holly Youngquist/Kaitlin Holm (FGCU) - 21-14, 21-14
No. 2: Karina Mambuca/Olivia Mesner (FGCU) def. FAU’s Darija Sataric/Grace Vega (FAU) - 21-17, 21-19
No. 3: Brooke Kohler/Brittany Muse (FGCU) def. Isabelle Arboleda/Sara Stoll (FAU) - 21-14, 21-14
No. 4: Lauren Jones/Chandler Hatton (FAU) def. Jill Hopper/Whitney Masters (FGCU) - 15-21, 21-16, 15-13
No. 5: Gigi Meyer/Lindsey Childs (FGCU) def. Thacilli Pereira/Cintia Nightingale (FAU) - 21-16, 21-19