Hopper's Career Night Leads FGCU to 3-1 Win Over Stetson
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Freshman Jill Hopper (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown HS) recorded career-highs in kills (24) and digs (17) as the FGCU volleyball squad defeated Stetson 3-1 (22-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-22) Saturday night at Alico Arena. Hopper’s 24 kills rank her tied-fifth all-time with former Eagle Brooke Youngquist in FGCU history for kills in a single match.
With the win the Eagles improve to 8-7 overall (3-0 A-Sun), while the Hatters fall to 3-10 on the season (0-3 A-Sun).
Hopper hit .354 and tallied five service aces, three assists and a pair of blocks as she recorded her fourth double-double of her career and also registered double digit kills for the tenth consecutive match. Senior Jelena Simic (Lazarevac, Serbia/Kolubara Technical/Seward County CC) picked up her third double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs and freshman setter Gigi Meyer (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) finished with 33 assists and 12 digs to record her fourth career double-double. Senior libero Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS), who moved into seventh place in the A-Sun record books for career digs, chipped in with 24 digs, four assists and a pair of service aces, while sophomore Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) and freshman Olivia Mesner (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River HS each blasted seven kills in the win.
Kaley Melville recorded 15 kills to lead Stetson. Kelli Carneal added 32 assists and six digs for the Hatters.
After dropping the first set 25-22, the Eagles and Hatters battled to a 19-19 tie in the second game. A service ace from Hopper and kills from Liga Strautniece (Riga, Latvia/Rigas Anglu Gimmazija) and Mesner helped he Green and Blue gain a 22-20 advantage. The teams continued to battle to a 25-25 tie, which was the 17th tie of the set, before the Eagles scored off a Stetson attack error and a Hopper kill to pick up the 27-25 win in set two.
FGCU dominated game three, as they jumped on Stetson and took a 23-12 lead after a Mesner kill. The Eagles would go on to win the third set, 25-16, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Eagles took a 16-13 lead in the fourth set, forcing Stetson to burn a timeout. The Green and Blue outscored the Hatters 5-4 after the break to maintain their four point lead (21-17) before the Hatters used their second timeout of the game. Stetson clawed their way back and tied the set at 22-22, but a Hatter service error followed by back-to-back kills from Simic gave the Eagles a 25-22 win in the set and a 3-1 win in the match.
The Eagles return to the court next weekend when they head to the ‘Peach State’ to take on a pair of A-Sun foes. FGCU will meet Mercer in Macon, Ga. on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., before facing Kennesaw State on Oct. 8 at 3 p.m.
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