Volleyball Set to Open Conference Play
After dropping a five-game heartbreaker to TCU in their first match of the season, the Eagles (9-1) have rattled off nine straight victories. During that string they have captured three tournament titles while winning seven of the nine matches by three-game sweeps. The Eagles have won their last five matches by three-game sweeps. Last weekend the FGCU Volleyball team hit .339 as a team and three players recorded double-doubles in a 3-0 win over James Madison University to capture the JMU/Days Inn Invitational.
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Last Time Out (vs. James Madison @ the JMU/Days Inn Invitational)
FGCU won its ninth match in a row in its first Division I season to improve to 9-1 overall. The Eagles won by game scores of 30-19, 30-26, and 30-26. JMU fell to 6-5 overall.
Junior Roberta Paula Santos (Recite, Brazil) was named the tournament's most valuable player after recording 10 kills, 24 assists, two aces, and four blocks against the Dukes. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Chandra Lefever (Fort Morgan, Colo.) and Cara Ziegler (Fort Myers, Fla.). Lefever had 17 assists and five digs in the match. Ziegler tallied eight kills and six blocks.
Senior Brooke Youngquist (Fort Myers, Fla.) had a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Junior Ana Kokanovic (Lazarevac, Serbia) had 10 kills and 13 digs.
Senior Allyson Halls (Columbus, Ohio) led the Dukes with 18 kills and hit .394 against the Eagles, earning her fourth all-tournament honor of the season. Junior Michelle Johnson (Los Gatos, Calif.) had five kills and four blocks.
Junior Bethany Martin and senior Audra Harrison both notched hitting percentages above .475 on Sept. 15, helping the Gardner-Webb volleyball team rebound in the final match of the Coastal Carolina Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Buffalo. Game scores were 30-19, 30-18, 21-30, 30-19.
Martin posted a match-high 17 kills on 31 attempts for a .484 attack percentage. Harrison finished the match with 12 kills on 20 attempts for a match-high .500 attack percentage. She also recorded a match-best 12 digs, as did Katie Matykowski.
Along with her 12 digs, Matykowski spliced the Bulls' defense with a match-high four service aces.
Senior Ashley Pridgeon and junior Heidi Steinebrunner posted 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Steinebrunner garnered a double-double as she reached double figures with 11 digs.
Sophomore Regina Feagin had a match-high 44 assists, accounting for 88 percent of the Bulldogs' assists in the contest. She also comprised another double-double, tallying 10 digs in the match.
High Point managed a three game sweep of Campbell volleyball Sept. 17, denying the Camels of their second straight home victory.
With the loss, Campbell falls to 6-9 heading into conference play, while the Panthers move to 8-4 on the year.
For the Camels, Taylor Deering, a freshman outside hitter, collected ten kills and 14 digs in a double-double performance. Campbell played well defensively, recording 10.0 team blocks and 48 digs. Junior middle blocker Femi Alabi and freshman outside hitter Emily Werner notched four block assists each, while sophomore libero Melissa Harvey grabbed 14 of those digs.
The Panthers reeled off nine total aces on the night, three coming from senior outside hitter Jamie Kaufman, who also added 13 kills and four digs. Audie Gonzalez, a sophomore outside hitter, collected 12 kills and eight digs in the win. Highlighting the Panthers defense, junior setter Kristina Taylor grabbed 15 digs.
The Fighting Camels came out of the gate hot, going up 6-0 on the Panthers and leading by as much as eight (16-8) before High Point managed a 12-4 run, locking the game at 20. From there, the Panther continued to roll, shutting down the Fighting Camel offense who only scored four more points in a 30-24 final. Deering recorded six of her ten kills in the game, hitting .667 with three digs and one ace. Caroline Hammersley, a freshman setter for the Camels collected 13 assists in the first set. Although, both team's kills (14), attack errors (6) and assists (14) were even, High Point had five aces to the Camels' one, making the difference in the set.
In game two, the Camels couldn't get the offense going, hitting -.147 on three kills, eight errors and 34 attempts. The Panthers, meanwhile, notched 16 kills, five errors on 33 attempts for a percentage of .333. Kaufman, who compiled seven of the team's 16 kills in the second set, hit .417 in the game, helping the Panthers down the Camels, 30-9.
In the final set, the Fighting Camel defense notched 25 digs, eclipsing the Panthers' 16, while collecting 5.0 blocks, but still, High Point pulled out the win, clinching the match, 30-27, 3-0. Deering and Harvey grabbed eight and six digs respectively, leading the defense. Gonzalez, however, notched six kills in the final set, attacking the net with a .286 hitting percentage.
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