ESTERO, Fla. – In a rematch of Friday’s dual matches, the FGCU sand volleyball team fell to Mercer and UNF Saturday afternoon at the Estero Community Park. The Eagles fall to 1-12 on the season and 0-8 in Atlantic Sun action.
The team was again edged by Mercer, 3-2, in the morning match before falling to UNF 5-0 in the afternoon bout.
At no. 4 Shelby Joslin (Alva, Fla./Evangelical Christian High School) and Elenora Kazarian (Tibilisi, Georgia/College of Central Florida) put the Eagles ahead early with a strong two-set win. The duo outplayed its opponent with a 21-8 win in the first set and gave the Eagles a team lead with a 21-16 win in the second set.
The no. 5 pair of Madi Wilcox (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein High School) and Marlene Moeller (Ludinghausen, Germany/Pascal Gymnasium) picked up their second win of the weekend over Mercer in the morning match. Wilcox and Moeller held a slight lead through the first set and earned a 21-17 win. The duo again defeated its opponent in the second set with a score of 21-18 to seal the two-set victory and put the Eagles ahead 2-0.
The Bears earned a convincing victory at the no. 3 position but had to battle to pull out wins at no. 1 and no. 2. Mercer edged the Eagles with three-point victories in three of the four sets in the no. 1 and 2 matches to squeak out a 3-2 win. The Bears improved to 7-4 with the win but fell to UNF in their second match of the day.
The Eagles fell to UNF at all positions in just two sets. The no. 1 matchup of senior Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) and junior Whitney Masters (Muncie, Ind./Wapahani HS) gave the Ospreys a tough fight with a close first set but ultimately fell, 21-19, 21-16.
Mercer 3, FGCU 2
1. Tori Penrod/Natalie Braun (MERCER) def. Kaitlin Holm/Whitney Masters (FGCU) 21-18, 21-18
2. Jamie Duffy/Emma Peel (MERCER) def. Karina Mambuca/Vanessa Benke (FGCU) 21-17, 21-18
3. Zoe Becton/Emily Rochefort (MERCER) def. Olivia Mesner/Caroline Jordan (FGCU) 21-19, 21-9
4. Shelby Joslin/Elenora Kazarian (FGCU) def. Caroline Carlton/Demi-Shay Watchorn (MERCER) 21-8, 21-16
5. Marlene Moeller/Madi Wilcox (FGCU) def. Avery Hoven/Hannah Sorensen (MERCER) 21-17, 21-18
Ext. Ashley Baker/Katie Gutmann (FGCU) def. Lizzie Knapper/Gretja Otten (MERCER) 21-13, 21-13
North Florida 5, FGCU 0
1. Dagnija Medina/Kimberly Hildreth (UNF) def. Kaitlin Holm/Whitney Masters (FGCU) 21-19, 21-16
2. Cari Whitmire/Anna Budinska (UNF) def. Karina Mambuca/Vanessa Benke (FGCU) 21-10, 21-14
3. Cameron McGuire/Tanner Garbutt (UNF) def. Olivia Mesner/Caroline Jordan (FGCU) 24-22, 21-17
4. Britt Claessens/Julie Trembley (UNF) def. Shelby Joslin/Elenora Kazarian (FGCU) 21-14, 21-16
5. Emily Strack/Allison Shirley (UNF) def. Madi Wilcox/Marlene Moeller (FGCU) 21-19, 21-13
Ext. Emily Davanzo/Ebony Gunn (UNF) def. Ashley Baker/Katie Gutmann (FGCU) 21-11, 21-12