FGCU Defeats FAU in Sand Volleyball Home Finale
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson

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.

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